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Canada: C-section Rates Continue to Increase While Birth Rates Decline

Caesarean section remained the most common inpatient surgical procedure in Canadian hospitals last year, occurring more than 103,000 times. New data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows that C-section rates continue to increase, while the hospital birth rate has declined. CIHI’s analysis of inpatient hospitalizations last year shows that giving birth remained the most common reason for hospitalization in Canada: more than 366,000 hospitalizations were due to childbirth in 2016–2017. The next leading reasons were chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and bronchitis (89,897) and acute myocardial infarction (71,909).

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