C-sections and inductions on the up

There's good evidence that delivering at 39 weeks' reduces stillbirths and pre-eclampsia, says Professor Vijay Roach

Both women and doctors are becoming more risk-averse to spon­taneous vaginal births, leading to rising rates of labour induction and planned caesarean delivery, a leading obstetrician says.

Professor Vijay Roach
RANZCOG president Professor Vijay Roach.

New figures from the AIHW show that in 2017 some 45% of low-risk women giving birth for the first time in the public system were induced.

The number of low-risk primigravida women being induced across both private and

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