Media Release - High rates of early caesarean sections are putting Australian babies at unnecessary risk
On 28 April 2021, the Commission released the Fourth Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation.
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A major report released today has revealed that many Australian babies are being placed at unnecessary risk because their birth by caesarean section is scheduled too early, without a medical reason. This is despite clear evidence that waiting until 39 weeks – unless there is a medical reason not to – is best for the baby.