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NHS Maternity Statistics - 2005-2006

Publication date: 09:30 June 26, 2007


This bulletin summarises information from the Hospital Episodes Statistics system relating to NHS maternities in the year 2005-06 and includes some comparisons with similar data from earlier years.

Key Facts

* Note: this publication has been replaced on 12 February 2008 following a correction to table E.

Between 2004-05 and 2005-06:

• The caesarean rate rose slightly from 22.9 per cent to 23.5 per cent.

In 2005-06:

• Over 20 per cent of deliveries were induced
• 23.5 per cent of deliveries were by caesarean section; more than half of these were emergency caesareans
• 11 per cent were instrumental deliveries
• An estimated 47 per cent of deliveries were 'normal deliveries' defined as those without surgical intervention, use of instruments, induction, epidural or general anaesthetic
• Women with spontaneous deliveries spent on average one day in hospital after delivery, women with instrumental deliveries one or two days and women with caesarean deliveries between two and four days
• During delivery about a third of women had an epidural, general or spinal anaesthetic
• 14 per cent of women had an episiotomy.


Date Range: 01 April 2005 to 31 March 2006
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, Hospital Trusts, Government Office Regions

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