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Variation in Hospital Cesarean Section Rates and Obstetric Outcomes Among Nulliparae at Term

A Population-based Cohort Study

Nippita, T.A.; Lee, Y.Y.; Patterson, J.A.; Ford, J.B.; Morris, J.M.; Nicholl, M.C.; Roberts, C.L.

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000479498.89623.5f
Epidemiologic Reports, Surveys
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Commentary

(BJOG. 2015;122(5):702–711)

Cesarean section (CS) rates have been increasing in high-income and middle-income countries over the past decade and have risen in Australia from 23.3% in 2000 to 32.3% in 2011. As CS is associated with maternal and neonatal complications, it should only be performed when there is a definite benefit to the woman or her fetus.

Clinical and Population Perinatal Health Research, Kolling Institute, Northern Sydney Local Health District, St Leonards, NSW, Australia

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