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Table 1 Distribution of all births and hospital-based cesarean section rates according to the governorates for the year 2012

From: Rates and trends in cesarean sections between 2008 and 2012 in Iraq

Governorates All births Public hospitals Private hospitals No. of private hospitals
No. of births CS rate % No. of births (%) CS rate %a No. of births (%) CS rate %a
Baghdad 254,862 38.9 136,531 (53.6) 38.8 60,679 (23.8) 76.2 36
Basrah 102,386 22.9 83,011 (81.1) 26.2 4798 (4.7) 35.0 4
Nineveh 147,917 15.2 97,951 (66.2) 22.3 680 (0.5) 100.0 3
Maysan 42,566 9.5 23,238 (54.6) 17.4 0 (0.0) - 0
Al-Diwaniya 41,761 35.1 26,955 (64.5) 35.7 5100 (12.2) 98.6 3
Diyala 61,400 20.1 33,087 (53.9) 32.1 1725 (2.8) 100.0 3
Al-Anbar 58,096 24.0 34,908 (60.1) 33.8 3710 (6.4) 57.5 2
Babylon 64,563 21.0 44,249 (68.5) 26.9 1696 (2.6) 100.0 4
Kerbala 44,693 26.7 30,770 (68.8) 24.4 4925 (11.0) 89.4 2
Kirkuk 55,078 19.0 32,940 (59.8) 28.0 1262 (2.3) 98.4 2
Wasit 58,527 18.5 31,461 (53.8) 34.4 0 (0.0) - 0
Thi-Qar 66,034 16.6 38,898 (58.9) 23.3 1905 (2.9) 99.8 2
Al-Muthanna 35,461 17.1 25,960 (73.2) 23.4 0 (0.0) - 0
Salah Al-Deen 55,202 14.0 21,767 (39.4) 26.1 2274 (4.1) 88.9 2
Al-Najaf 50,762 30.1 40,029 (78.9) 31.1 3114 (6.1) 91.2 3
Centre/South 1,139,308 24.3 701,755 (61.6) 29.3 91,868 (8.1) 77.9 66
Erbil 55,864 31.4 37,666 (67.4) NA 9012 (16.1) NA 13
Dohouk 52,569 15.9 27,909 (53.1) NA 5117 (9.7) NA 3
Al-Sulaimaniya 52,362 27.5 35,626 (68.0) NA 6118 (11.7) NA 14
Kurdistan 160,795 25.4 101,201 (62.9) - 20,247 (12.6) - 30
Total Iraq 1,300,103 24.4 802,956 (61.8) - 112,115 (8.6) - 96
  1. CS cesarean section, NA data not available
  2. aThe distribution for the Iraqi Kurdistan Region is not included because the segregated data for the public/private hospitals was unavailable. The cesarean section rates for all hospital births were Erbil: 37.6%, Dohouk: 26.6%, Al-Sulaimaniya: 34.5%, Kurdistan: 33.8%, Centre/South: 34.9%, and total Iraq: 34.7%