Women who plan to have a caesarean section are no more likely to suffer poor medical outcomes for mother and baby following birth than those who opt for a vaginal delivery, a study has found.

The Canadian research, which looked at more than 400,000 low-risk pregnancies, found hints that women popularly characterised as “too posh to push” might even be better off.

One of the difficulties of researching different birthing procedures is that people who have caesarean sections will often do so for medical or emergency reasons, and if they don’t will be in different demographics.

The latest study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, looked at low-risk pregnancies in Ontario between 2012 and 2018.

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