2-7. Caesarean births
2-7-1. Caesarean births
- In 2013, over a third (34.0%) of all births in South Australia were by caesarean section.
- This is higher than the national average of 32.8%.
- Over the last decade, the proportion of women who gave birth via caesarean procedure has increased, both in this state (up from 30.0% in 2003) and Australia-wide (up from 28.6% in 2003).
- South Australia ranks second highest for proportion of births by caesarean procedure of the states and territories.
|New South Wales||31.5%|
|Australian Capital Territory||33.1%|
2-7-2. Aboriginal caesarean births
- In 2013, just over a third (33.9%) of women who identified as Aboriginal and who gave birth in South Australia did so by caesarean procedure.
- This is significantly higher than the national average (26.5%) for Aboriginal women who gave birth during that year.
- Over the last decade, the proportion of Aboriginal women who gave birth in South Australia via caesarean procedure has increased, up from 28.0% in 2003.
- South Australia recorded the highest proportion of Aboriginal births by caesarean section of the states and territories in 2013.
|New South Wales||25.5%|
|Australian Capital Territory||27.0%|
- Based on AIHW 2015, 'Table 2.34: Women who gave birth, by Indigenous status, method of birth and state and territory, 2013', Australia's mothers and babies 2013 -- in brief, Supplementary tables, Perinatal statistics series no. 31, Cat no. PER 72, viewed 10 March 2016.