Jul 27, 2014, 5:29 PM
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Natural birth rate on the rise

Tehran, July 27, IRNA -- Two months after the implementation of natural birth promotion program in Iran, the number of cesarean sections in governmental and private hospitals has declined by eight percent and five percent respectively, announced a Health Ministry official.

Dr. Ali Shahrami said that about 60,000 cases of natural birth were performed free of charge in 380 hospitals affiliated to the Health Ministry, adding the government paid about $100 for each natural birth from revenues derived from implementing the second stage of Subsidy Reforms Plan.

Numerous programs have been initiated to promote natural birth and reduce C-section rate to promote the health of the mother and child, including optimizing maternity rooms to protect the privacy of pregnant women, increasing the patients' satisfaction rate by improving the quality of medical services and providing incentives to both families and medical centers, he noted.

"We hope to achieve the objective of the program, which is to reduce the cesarean section rate to 10 percent by end of the current Iranian year (on March 21, 2015).

Dr. Masoud Yavari, deputy head of Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, said that since the implementation of the Health System Reform Plan, the rate of natural birth has increased by 50 percent.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran has put the Health System Reform Plan on its agenda in line with the objectives of Iran's Vision 2025.

The plan's goals are to promote health justice, reduce costs, increase public awareness of self-care and increase the quality of medical services.