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Table 2 Change in the cesarean section rates in the different governorates from 2008 to 2012

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

Governorates 2008 2012 Relative change in %a
No. of births CS rate % No. of births CS rate %
Baghdad 216,883 28.5 254,862 38.9 36.5%
Basrah 96,137 12.0 102,386 22.9 90.8%
Nineveh 117,967 12.6 147,917 15.2 20.6%
Maysan 39,092 9.5 42,566 9.5 0.0%
Al-Diwaniya 39,022 28.7 41,761 35.1 22.3%
Diyala 42,676 17.0 61,400 20.1 18.2%
Al-Anbar 38,693 17.0 58,096 24.0 41.2%
Babylon 70,488 20.7 64,563 21.0 1.4%
Kerbala 39,331 19.8 44,693 26.7 34.8%
Kirkuk 45,887 12.5 55,078 19.0 52.0%
Wasit 47,513 16.0 58,527 18.5 15.6%
Thi-Qar 66,971 11.3 66,034 16.6 46.9%
Al-Muthanna 31,498 14.7 35,461 17.1 16.3%
Salah Al-Deen 45,093 11.0 55,202 14.0 27.3%
Al-Najaf 46,999 24.2 50,762 30.1 24.4%
Centre/South 984,250 18.4 1,139,308 24.3 32.1%
Erbil 40,667 14.5 55,864 31.4 116.6%
Dohouk 41,364 11.7 52,569 15.9 35.9%
Al-Sulaimaniya 41,935 17.4 52,362 27.5 58.0%
Kurdistan 123,966 14.6 160,795 25.4 74.0%
Total Iraq 1,108,216 18.0 1,300,103 24.4 35.6%
  1. CS cesarean section
  2. a(Cesarean section rate last time period – cesarean section rate first time period)/cesarean section rate first time period