SÃO PAULO — Seven months into her pregnancy, Rosineide Moreira chose her first child’s birthday.
An hour after surgeons sliced painlessly into her, the 31-year-old chemical engineer from São Paulo was cradling her newborn daughter, Mariana, as planned — on 5 January 2015.
“We set a date that was convenient for both my husband and me,” Moreira said. “The doctor gave me the option of a natural birth, but we weighed up the pros and cons and decided we’d go with the c-section.”
Moreira’s story is not uncommon in Brazil, particularly in the country’s private health care network used by more than a quarter of the population, where 84.6 percent of babies are delivered by caesarean.