Elizabethectomy: Caesarian Sections in Elizabeth

Marcus Tilbrook


This paper is a brief examination of possible explanations for the high rate of Caesarian sections performed on residents of the Elizabeth LGA by comparison to other LGAs within the Adelaide SD. Gawler and Salisbury have Similar demographics, but while small-area variation factors work to much the same effect in those areas, there is an area of distinction - in Elizabeth the number of mothers in the age range 15-19 years is about twice the next highest LGA. Mothers having a child by Caesarian section generally need to have all subsequent births by the same process. It appears that in Elizabeth a critical mass has been reached.


Caesarian section; Elizabeth; Women; Childbirth

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