2-7

2-7. Caesarean births

2-7-1. Caesarean births

2-7-2. Aboriginal caesarean births

Sources

 

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.

 

Births by caesarean section, 2013
Region%
Metropolitan Adelaiden.a.
Country SAn.a.
South Australia34.0%
Australia32.8%

2-7-1 SA

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Births by caesarean section, 2013
State/Territory%
Northern Territory30.8%
Tasmania31.1%
New South Wales31.5%
Australian Capital Territory33.1%
Victoria33.1%
Queensland33.4%
South Australia34.0%
Western Australia34.3%
Australia32.8%

2-7-1 AU

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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.

 

Births by caesarean section, Aboriginal mothers, 2013
Region%
Metropolitan Adelaiden.a.
Country SAn.a.
South Australia33.9%
Australia26.5%

2-7-2 SA

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Births by caesarean section, Aboriginal mothers, 2013
State/Territory%
Queensland24.6%
New South Wales25.5%
Western Australia26.2%
Australian Capital Territory27.0%
Northern Territory27.1%
Victoria29.3%
Tasmania33.2%
South Australia33.9%
Australia26.5%

2-7-2 AU

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Sources

  1. 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.