Births in Scottish Hospitals, year ending 31 March 2013 were published in August 2014.

Key points

  • There were 56,346 births (including live and stillbirths) recorded on SMR02 for year ending March 2013. This is a decrease over the same time period for the year ending March 2012 when it was 58,165.
  • The caesarean rate has decreased slightly from 28.9 per cent in the previous year to 28.5 per cent, with a drop in the number of emergency caesareans (0.6 per cent) but a rise in the rate of elective caesareans (0.1 per cent).
  • The induction rate has increased 1.6 per cent to 25.4 per cent.
  • The instrumental delivery rate has decreased slightly to 12.4 per cent. The forceps rate has remained stable at 9.7 per cent but the use of ventouse has decreased by 0.4 per cent. Overall instrumental rates have been fairly stable for the past few years.
  • 58.7 per cent of women gave birth spontaneously, that is, without the assistance of forceps or ventouse and without having a caesarean. This is an increase of 0.7 per cent from the previous year halting the downward trend of the last 20 years.
   2010-11  2011-12  2012-13
Caesarean Rate 27.9%  28.9%  28.5%
  Elective 11.9%  12.7%  12.8%
  Emergency 16.0%  16.3%  15.7%
Instrumental delivery rate    12.7%  12.7%  12.4%
  Forceps   9.9%   9.7%   9.7%
  Ventouse   2.8%   3.1%   2.7%
Induction Rate 22.6% 23.8% 25.4%
Normal Delivery Rate 36.8%  35.5%  n/a

Sources:
http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Maternity-and-Births/Births/