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Postcards from the children of Wales to NATO world leaders
Primary school pupils from Wales are to be given the opportunity to write a personal message to the NATO world leaders about their hopes for the future.
- Minister visits North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority
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Section highlightThe Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill
The Bill aims to improve the Public Sector response in Wales to gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - June 2014
Our pipeline provides visibility of infrastructure investment activity across Wales.
1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
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An annual report which includes information on deliveries by caesarean section and induced births.
- Around 6 in 10 deliveries are unassisted, a proportion which has fallen slightly since the early 2000s.
- The proportion of hospital deliveries by caesarean section rose from 24 per cent in 2003-04 to 28 per cent in 2012-13. An estimate of the national caesarean rate would include home and other births, making the Wales rate 27 per cent instead of 28 per cent (ONS 2012).
- There has been a trend over the past ten years towards shorter hospital stays for all types of delivery.
In 2012-13, of all hospital deliveries
- The percentage of older mothers (aged 45 years and over) having caesareans has increased over the past ten years, from 46 per cent in 2003-04 to 60 per cent.
- 37 per cent of mothers who had caesareans stayed in hospital 4 or more days, compared to 65 per cent ten years ago. Only 11 per cent of mothers who had unassisted births stayed in hospital 4 or more days, compared to 13 per cent ten years ago.
- 23 per cent of all deliveries in Wales were induced, compared to 19 per cent in 2004-05 (earliest available data).
- The principal recorded complication of labour and delivery was perineal laceration, recorded in 35 per cent of deliveries.
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