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Maternity: Method of delivery

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  • Release date: 11 March 2014
  • Period covered: 2003-2013
An annual report which includes information on deliveries by caesarean section and induced births.

Key points

  • 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.

Contact

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Email: stats.healthinfo@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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