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The number of caesarean sections being carried out is too high, according to more than half the obstetricians questioned in a survey. The national sentinel caesarean section audit found that 22 per cent of births in England and Wales were caesarean - an increase of one per cent a year over the last decade. Of the 3,000 pregnant women questioned, 48 per cent said they had 'insufficient' information about the risks of caesarean delivery. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists president Professor Bill Dunlop said: 'We know the caesarean rate has been on the increase over the last decade, and we all need to understand the implications of this. Women, midwives and doctors still need more information about the chance of complications arising from this major abdominal surgery.'