Queensland Faces Huge Rise in Caesarean births


Queensland Faces Huge Rise in Caesarean births

It has been found through a latest report that Queensland is experiencing huge rise in the rate of caesarean births. An alarming increase in the rate of caesarean births has been noticed by the Director of the Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies, Sue Kruske.

As per the findings of the report, 47.9% of the births were found to be by caesarean delivery, which has further been realized as the highest figure as compared to the other cities of Australia, including Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Professor Sue Kruske told the reporters that the state had realized a considerable increase in the rate of births from caesarean section in the year 2009. It was found to be 34% rise in 2009 as compared to 19.5% in 1989.

She and her team conducted a research to find out the reason for the startling rise in caesarean birth rate. They concluded after analyzing that health professionals are the only ones who are contributing in the augmentation of births by caesarean delivery. Also, they remarked that these health professionals are mostly women, despite which the rate has been continuously rising.

Together with this, unawareness amongst the women is also one of the causes behind the increase in the rate. She said that women were not provided with sufficient information and are, thus, not able to make a decision about caesarean delivery. Mostly, the women surrender the control of their birthing experience to health professionals.

Further, Richard Kidd, the Australian Medical Association Queensland President, said that one major problem that compels the health professionals to do caesarean delivery is the old age of women. It has been noticed that older women giving birth are likely to have more complexities. "It's not that she's too posh to push, but too old, sadly. Age is a significant factor. When women are having babies in their late teens or early twenties, physically, they are much, much more able to do it'', he added.

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