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Success of C-sections altering course of human evolution, says new childbirth research

Caesareans account for one in four births across the UK and third of births in US.

The success of Caesarean sections since the Second World War has led to a startling 20 per cent increase in obstructed childbirths, according to new research.

Scientists say the tendency since the 1950s and 1960s to opt for a Caesarean has caused babies to evolve bigger heads.

This has then prompted the huge increase in fetopelvic disproportion: when the fetal head is too big – or when the birth canal is too narrow – for natural childbirth.

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