Especially for Milled to digest (hopefully logically with an unbiased mindset for a pleasant change) away from the thread that he hijacked. Australia has one of the highest rates of caesarean births in the world, and some are concerned that mothers are being coerced. The World Health Organisation recommends caesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary. It has stated "there is no justification for any region to have higher caesarean rates than 10-15%". Out of 137 countries that report their rates, Australia's is one of the highest, with 32 per cent of all births delivered through a caesarean section. In comparison, New Zealand's rate is 20 per cent, the UK's is 22 per cent, France's is 18 per cent and Norway's is 16 per cent. Australia's C-section rate has nearly doubled since 1991, where it was 18 per cent. Hannah Dahlen from the Australian College of Midwives says the rate rise is unwarranted. "There's no doubt women are feeling bullied and coerced into caesareans. It can be very, very subtle, and it's about not giving them the full information, and moving them towards a direction you want to take," she said, "You can find a medical reason for anything," said Dahlen. "Whether or not it's a good medical reason is the question, and a lot of pseudo reasons are being used to argue women into C-sections." Private hospitals have a higher caesarean section rate than public hospitals. In 2011 43 per cent of women in private hospitals have birth by caesarean section compared with 30 per cent in public hospitals.