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Health stats prove mums aren't 'too posh to push'

Caesarean rates in Warwick are lower than the national average, with about 28% of deliveries carried out surgically.
Caesarean rates in Warwick are lower than the national average, with about 28% of deliveries carried out surgically. Martin Valigursky

CAESAREAN birth rates are continuing to rise across the country but the number of Rose City mothers going under the knife during childbirth is lower than the national average.

Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare showed that in 2010, 31.6% of women gave birth via caesarean section.

Warwick Hospital Acting Director of Nursing Janet Reid said out of the 215 births at Warwick Hospital last year, 62 were caesarean sections.

"Of the total caesareans, 35 were elective due to having a previous caesarean or breech presentation," she said.

"A total of 27 were emergency caesareans during labour."

The "too posh to push" trend, which was coined to describe the growing number of women choosing the surgical procedure over a natural delivery, is not as evident in Warwick as the option is not open to all women.

Elsewhere, private hospitals and obstetricians usually allow an expectant mother to decide for herself whether she would prefer to have a surgical birth.

Mrs Reid said that was not the case in Warwick.

"All pregnant women discuss birthing options with maternity staff during their antenatal care," Mrs Reid said.

"Women cannot elect to have a caesarean at a public hospital however, following clinical assessment of each mother, obstetricians may recommend this procedure for the safety of the mother and baby."

Although the Warwick Hospital is able to perform caesareans, Mrs Reid said there may be cases where further medical assistance is required.

"A birthing woman would be transferred to Toowoomba Hospital or Brisbane hospitals if there are major complications that need to be handled by specialist staff," she told the Daily News.

"High-risk patients include premature birth, previous medical issues and foetal or obstetric complications."

For more information on birthing options visit havingababy.org.au.

 

The risks

Women who have surgical births have a higher chance of hysterectomy, post-partum haemorrhage and cardiac arrest.

"Women cannot elect to have a caesarean at a public hospital however, following clinical assessment of each mother, obstetricians may recommend this procedure for the safety of the mother and baby"

- Warwick Hospital Acting Director of Nursing Janet Reid

Topics:  australian institute of health and welfare birth caesarean health warwick hospital



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