2-7

2-7. Caesarean births

2-7-1. Caesarean births

2-7-2. Aboriginal caesarean births

Sources

 

2-7-1. Caesarean births

  • In 2016, over a third (35.1%) of all births in South Australia were by caesarean section.1
  • This is higher than the national average of 33.8%.1
  • Over the last decade, the proportion of women who gave birth via caesarean procedure has increased, both in this state (up from 32.9% in 2006) and Australia-wide (up from 30.8% in 2006).1
  • South Australia ranks second highest for proportion of births by caesarean procedure of the states and territories.1

 

Births by caesarean section, 2016
Region %
Metropolitan Adelaide n.a.
Country SA n.a.
South Australia 35.1%
Australia 33.8%

2-7-1 SA

Data source: AIHW 2018

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Births by caesarean section, 2016
State/Territory %
Northern Territory 31.8%
Australian Capital Territory 32.6%
New South Wales 32.9%
Tasmania 33.2%
Queensland 33.6%
Victoria 33.8%
South Australia 35.1%
Western Australia 36.3%
Australia 33.8%

2-7-1 AU

Data source: AIHW 2018

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2-7-2. Aboriginal caesarean births

  • In 2016, just over a third (32.7%) of women who identified as Aboriginal and who gave birth in South Australia did so by caesarean procedure.1
  • This is significantly higher than the national average (28.5%) for Aboriginal women who gave birth during that year.1
  • Over the last decade, the proportion of Aboriginal women who gave birth in South Australia via caesarean procedure has increased, up from 25.4% in 2006.1
  • South Australia recorded the highest proportion of Aboriginal births by caesarean section of the states and territories in 2016.1

 

Births by caesarean section, Aboriginal mothers, 2016
Region %
Metropolitan Adelaide n.a.
Country SA n.a.
South Australia 32.7%
Australia 28.5%

2-7-2 SA

Data source: AIHW 2018

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Births by caesarean section, Aboriginal mothers, 2016
State/Territory %
Western Australia 26.1%
Tasmania 26.9%
Queensland 27.9%
New South Wales 28.4%
Australian Capital Territory 28.6%
Victoria 29.2%
Northern Territory 31.7%
South Australia 32.7%
Australia 28.5%

2-7-2 AU

Data source: AIHW 2018

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Sources

  1. Based on Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW 2018), 'Table 2.36: Women who gave birth, by Indigenous status, method of birth and state and territory, 2016', Australia's mothers and babies 2016 -- in brief, Supplementary tables, Cat no. PER 97, viewed 8 August 2018.