More caesarean births
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