Yet another report has highlighted that Cyprus carried out the most Caesarean sections in Europe, reaching 56.9 per cent of all births. The country also has the lowest maternal mortality rate.
According to the third European Perinatal Health report, the average in Europe was 27 per cent, and one quarter of countries had rates below 21 per cent.
Iceland, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands had the lowest rates of the 31 countries surveyed, below 18 per cent.
At the other end of the scale, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus had more than 35 per cent.
In 2015, the percentage of caesarean deliveries in Cyprus due to the mother’s choice or because the birth did not happen on the planned date was 40.5 per cent, while another 16.4 per cent of surgeries were carried out because of medical emergencies.
This means Cyprus has the highest rate of planned surgical procedures, while Romania has the lowest with 3.6 per cent.
The total births in this report were all births with a gestational age of 22 weeks and over.
In 2015, the total number of births in Cyprus was 9,425 (9,394 live births and 31 deaths).
The mortality rate at 24 or more weeks of pregnancy for Cyprus in 2015 was 1.8 per 1,000 total births, the lowest among the countries. Bulgaria has the highest rate.