The Effect of Increasing Women's Autonomy on Primary and Repeated C-Sections in Brazil

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  • Date and time: Wednesday 16 March 2022, 1pm to 2pm
  • Location: Online only
  • Audience: Open to All
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This seminar is hosted by Andrew Jones.

Caesarean section (C-section) rates continue to rise globally. Yet, there is little consensus about the key determinants of rising C-section rates and the sources of variation in C-section rates across the world. While C-sections can save lives when medically justified, unnecessary surgical procedures can be harmful for women and babies.

We show that a state-wide law passed in São Paulo (Brazil), which increased women’s autonomy to choose to deliver via C-section even when not medically necessary, is associated with a three per cent increase in overall C-section rates. This association was driven by a five per cent increase in primary C-sections, rather than repeated C-sections. Since the law emphasizes women’s autonomy, these results suggest that mothers’ demand is an important contributor to high C-section rates in this context. 

About the speaker

Climent Quintana-Domeque (Exeter)