This section reports on the number of reported deliveries. A delivery is the term used to describe child birth in HES data and is the ending of a pregnancy by one or more babies leaving a woman's uterus by vaginal passage or caesarean section.
Within this section we explore how the relationship between reported number of deliveries by women’s age group, type of delivery at both the onset and end of labour and the frequency that anaesthetics and analgesics were administered either before or during delivery.
Percentages in the following commentary, unless otherwise stated, are based on total ‘knowns’, e.g. the percentage of caesareans is based on all deliveries with a known method of delivery, excluding those with an unknown method of delivery.