Which Coun­tries Have The High­est Cae­sarean Sec­tion Rates?

ForbesWeekly - - NEWS - BY NIALL MCCARTHY, CON­TRIB­U­TOR FOL­LOW NIALL MCCARTHY AT www.forbes.com/sites/niallm­c­carthy

Around the globe, cae­sarean sec­tion rates have in­creased dra­mat­i­cally, some­thing that has proven con­tro­ver­sial as a large amount of them are not med­i­cally re­quired. The grow­ing c-sec­tion rate can be at­trib­uted to many fac­tors, in­clud­ing more births among older women, mul­ti­ple births through as­sisted re­pro­duc­tion, tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances, as well as per­sonal pref­er­ence. They in­volve a de­gree of risk and can cause com­pli­ca­tions for sub­se­quent de­liv­er­ies.

Across OECD coun­tries, the c-sec­tion rate cur­rently stands at ap­prox­i­mately 28% with some of the low­est rates oc­cur­ring in north­ern Europe. Swe­den is a no­table ex­am­ple with 16.4 c-sec­tions for ev­ery 100 live births. Turkey is at the op­po­site end of the scale with just over half of all ba­bies de­liv­ered via c-sec­tion. The United States and Aus­tralia also have higher cae­sarean rates than av­er­age, 32.5 and 32.1 per 100 live births re­spec­tively.

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