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Maternity statistics - England
- The number of deliveries in NHS hospitals decreased in the past year from 671,255 in 2012-13 to 646,904, a 3.6 per cent drop over the previous year.
- The caesarean rate has increased by 0.7 per cent to 26.2 per cent (166,081) in 2013-14. There has been a rise in the number of elective caesareans (2.5 per cent) while emergency caesarean rates are down 1.8 per cent. This continues the trend of increasing elective caesarean rates but a drop in the emergency caesarean rates.
- The induction rate is up 1.7 per cent to 25.0 per cent. This continues a recent upward trend.
- The instrumental delivery rate has increased by 0.1 per cent this year to 12.9 per cent. This has reversed the halt in rising instrumental rates seen in 2012-13.
- 60.9 per cent of women had a spontaneous delivery, the same as in 2012-13, but lower than in 2011-12 when it was 61.2 per cent.
|Instrumental Delivery Rate||12.9%||12.8%||12.9%|
The NHS Maternity Statistics, England: 2013-14 can be found on the Health and Social Care Information Centre website at
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