The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) have published final statistics on the number of births in Northern Ireland in 2013.

There were 24,279 live births registered in Northern Ireland in 2013, a slight decrease from 2012. However, the number of births between April 2012 and March 2013 was 25,114.

Key points from the DHSSPSNI (Apr 12 – Mar 13)

  • The overall caesarean section rate for Northern Ireland has increased  to 29.8%, from 29.0% in 2011.
  • 12.5% of babies were born with an assisted delivery. 
  • The induction rate stands at 29.9%.
  • No normal birth rate is available using the Maternity Care Working Party consensus definition.
Live Births Mode of Delivery
Caesarean Rate 29.8%
 Elective n/a
 Emergency n/a
 Other n/a
Instrumental Delivery Rate 12.5%
 Forceps n/a
 Ventouse n/a
Induction 29.9%

These figures are for 2012-13 and represent activity recorded by the Child Health System at the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

Basic statistics for Northern Ireland BirthChoiceUK