Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2021) Australia's mothers and babies, AIHW, Australian Government, accessed 21 May 2022.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2021). Australia's mothers and babies. Retrieved from https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/mothers-babies/australias-mothers-babies
Australia's mothers and babies. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 15 December 2021, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/mothers-babies/australias-mothers-babies
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Australia's mothers and babies [Internet]. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2021 [cited 2022 May. 21]. Available from: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/mothers-babies/australias-mothers-babies
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2021, Australia's mothers and babies, viewed 21 May 2022, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/mothers-babies/australias-mothers-babies
Get citations as an Endnote file:
PDF | 7.9Mb
Caesarean section describes a method of birth in which the baby is removed directly from the uterus through an incision in the mother’s abdomen. This procedure is generally performed when vaginal delivery is likely to pose a risk to the health of the mother or baby, or in scenarios such as stalled labour or unsuccessful vaginal delivery.
The figure shows a bar chart for multiparous women who gave birth and had a previous caesarean section by range of topics for 2019. The figure also shows a line graph of trends in proportion of multiparous women by number of previous caesarean section and a range of topics over 2012 to 2019. In 2019, 52,687 women, or 32%, had previously given birth by caesarean section.
The majority of mothers who had a previous caesarean section had a repeat caesarean section (77%). Having had a previous caesarean section was the most common main reason for having a caesarean section.
Of mothers who have previously given birth and had a caesarean section, 23.7% had had one previous caesarean section, 5.7% had had two previous caesarean sections, and 1.6% had had three or more. The number of previous caesarean sections differed little by remoteness or socioeconomic status of the mother’s usual residence.
For related information see National Core Maternity Indicator Women having their second birth vaginally whose first birth was by caesarean section
We'd love to know any feedback that you have about the AIHW website, its contents or reports.
The browser you are using to browse this website is outdated and some features may not display properly or be accessible to you. Please use a more recent browser for the best user experience.