More cae­sarean births

The West Australian - - NEWS -

Rates of cae­sare­ans and in­duced births are in­creas­ing in WA, pre­lim­i­nary data for this year shows.

WA Health De­part­ment fig­ures re­veal 37.8 per cent of births last year were cae­sare­ans and 32.4 per cent in­volved in­duc­tions.

Rates for the Septem­ber quar­ter, which are sub­ject to change, show the rate of cae­sare­ans reached 38.3 per cent and in­duc­tions 33.2 per cent. Sta­tis­tics from the mid­wives no­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem also sug­gest moth­ers are get­ting heav­ier, with one per cent of women who gave birth in the Septem­ber quar­ter re­port­ing a body mass in­dex of 45 or over.

An­other 2.1 per cent of women had a BMI of 40-44, 6.2 per cent had a BMI of 35-39 and 14.8 per cent had a BMI of 30-34. Cathy O’Leary

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