To the Editor: In a recent article, de Costa and Robson1 suggest that Australia’s high rates of caesarean surgery — currently among the highest in the Western world — may be beneficial, and causally related to our low perinatal mortality rate.
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- 2. Matthews TG, Crowley P, Chong A, et al. Rising caesarean section rates: a cause for concern? BJOG 2003; 110: 346-349.
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- 7. Enkin M, Keirse MJNK, Neilson J, et al. A guide to effective care in pregnancy and childbirth. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000: 486.
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