C-sections on the rise and most mothers not well informed: Queensland study

News-Medical – According to a latest study from Queensland, it is doctors, not mothers, who are responsible for the rising rate of babies born by caesarean section in Australia. Queensland has the highest rate of C-sections in Australia and researchers say often women are not properly informed when they make the decision to go ahead with surgery. The results from the study show that in Queensland 34 per cent of all births now take place via caesarean section, and the figure is even higher in Queensland’s private hospitals, at 48 per cent. Researchers from the University of Queensland surveyed more than 20,000 women about their maternity experiences. Researchers say the number of babies born by caesarean has risen by 74 per cent in the past 20 years. Read article