2-7

2-7. Caesarean births

2-7-1. Caesarean births

2-7-2. Aboriginal caesarean births

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2-7-1. Caesarean births

  • In 2017, over a third (34.8%) of all births in South Australia were by caesarean section.1
  • This is slightly higher than the national average of 34.6%.1
  • Over the last decade, the proportion of women who gave birth via caesarean procedure has increased, both in this state (up from 32.3% in 2007) and Australia-wide (up from 30.9% in 2007).1
  • South Australia ranks second highest for proportion of births by caesarean procedure of the states and territories.1

 

Births by caesarean section, 2017
Region %
Metropolitan Adelaide n.a.
Country SA n.a.
South Australia 34.8%
Australia 34.6%

2 7 1 sa 2019 10 01

Data source: AIHW 2019

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Births by caesarean section, 2017
State/Territory %
Northern Territory 31.5%
Tasmania  33.3%
Australian Capital Territory  33.6%
New South Wales 33.7%
Queensland 34.4%
Victoria 34.7%
South Australia 34.8%
Western Australia 37.8%
Australia 34.6%

2 7 1 au 2019 10 01

Data source: AIHW 2019

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2-7-2. Aboriginal caesarean births

  • In 2017, 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 (29.1%) 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 29.8% in 2007.1
  • South Australia recorded the highest proportion of Aboriginal births by caesarean section of the states and territories in 2017.1

 

Births by caesarean section, Aboriginal mothers, 2017
Region %
Metropolitan Adelaide n.a.
Country SA n.a.
South Australia 32.7%
Australia 29.1%

2 7 2 sa 2019 10 01

Data source: AIHW 2019

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Births by caesarean section, Aboriginal mothers, 2017
State/Territory %
Australian Capital Territory  27.3%
Queensland  28.0%
Western Australia 28.1%
New South Wales 29.4%
Victoria 29.7%
Northern Territory 30.3%
Tasmania 30.9%
South Australia 32.7%
Australia 29.1%

2 7 2 au 2019 10 01

Data source: AIHW 2019

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Sources

  1. Based on Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW 2019), 'Table 2.36: Women who gave birth, by Indigenous status, method of birth and state and territory, 2017', Australia's mothers and babies 2017 -- in brief, Supplementary tables, Cat no. PER 100, viewed 30 September 2019.