Too posh to push? Chelsea has the highest caesarian rate in England

The hospital serving the London borough of Chelsea, the smartest and most fashionable in the capital, has the highest caesarean rate in England, inviting the irresistible conclusion that its female residents are “too posh to push”.

More than one third of births to women at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital, located a stone’s throw from the modish King’s Road, is by caesarean, figures show.

It is the fourth year in a row that the flagship, 400-bed hospital has topped the league table for caesareans. Its rate of 36.4 per cent was more than twice the 15.3 per cent rate at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust, and well above the national average of 24.8 per cent, one in four of all births.

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