'63% C-section rate': From pre-lockdown to Level 5 - researchers share SA parents' birth experiences

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"Our findings show that most mothers wanted to have a natural birth". (Pierre Ogeron/Getty Images)
"Our findings show that most mothers wanted to have a natural birth". (Pierre Ogeron/Getty Images)
Pierre Ogeron

In the face of isolation, mental and emotional strain, lack of access to healthcare and loss of income, resilience was reported as the dominant outlook by the more than 500 respondents of the cross-sectional internet-based study, the Lockdown babies survey.

To capture the birth experiences of South Africans, the survey was carried out under various levels of lockdown from September to October in 2020 and has been reviewed and approved by the University of Cape Town Human Research Ethics Committee. 

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