Anaesthetic or analgesic maybe administered during labour to provide pain relief during labour.
NHS Maternity Statistics, England 2019-20Official statistics
- Publication Date:
- 29 Oct 2020
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, Hospital Trusts, Government Office Regions, Primary Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Country, NHS Trusts, Care Trusts, Independent Sector Health Care Providers
- Date Range:
- 01 Apr 2019 to 31 Mar 2020
Deliveries in 2019-20
Overall the proportion of deliveries where an anaesthetic or analgesic was administered before or during delivery has decreased from 65 per cent in 2009-10 to 60 per cent of deliveries in 2019-20. Anaesthetic was administered in 56 per cent of deliveries for women aged under 20, compared to 65 per cent aged 40 years and over in 2019-20.
The most common method of delivery is spontaneous for all age groups, with the exception of 40 years and over. Proportion of caesarean deliveries increase with age group and accounts for 47 per cent of deliveries to those women aged 40 and over.
In 2019-20 the most prevalent delivery complications were ‘Perineal laceration during delivery’ which occurred in 41 per cent of deliveries and ‘Labour and delivery complicated by fetal stress [distress]’ which occurred in 26 per cent of deliveries.
In 2019-20, 77 per cent of women who had a spontaneous method of delivery were discharged either the same day or the next day after delivery. This compares to 52 per cent for instrumental and 38 per cent for caesarean methods of delivery.