Maternity Statistics for Wales: method of delivery, have been published for the year ending 31 March 2014.

Key points

  • There were 30,588 deliveries in Welsh hospitals in 2013-14.
  • The caesarean rate has decreased by 0.6% to 26.9% in 2013-14, from 27.5% in 2012-13. Elective caesareans have stayed the same as in 2011-12 at 11.7% . Emergency caesareans decreased by 0.5% to 15.3% from 15.8% the previous year. 
  • The induction rate was up on the previous year by 1.1% to 24.0%. This continues the upward trend from 22.9% in 2012-13.
  • The instrumental delivery rate has increased by 0.5% to 12.4%, with a rise in the forceps rate of 0.6% to 7.3% and a slight drop in the use of ventouse of 0.1%. 
  • 60.0% of women had a spontaneous delivery, down 0.2% from the previous year.
  • Normal birth is defined by the Maternity Care Working Party for use throughout the UK (“without surgical intervention, use of instruments, induction, epidural or general anaesthetic or episiotomy) but in Wales it is defined as those women who gave birth without being induced or a birth involving forceps or ventouse or caesarean birth. By this definition, 46.0% of deliveries in Wales in 2013-14 were classed as normal deliveries.
  2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Caesarean Rate 25.7% 27.5% 26.9%
 Elective 11.0% 11.7% 11.7%
 Emergency 14.7% 15.8% 15.3%
Instrumental Delivery Rate 12.7% 11.9% 12.4%
 Forceps   7.1%   6.7%   7.3%
 Ventouse   5.6%   5.2%   5.1%
Induction Rate 21.6% 22.9% 24.0%

Sources:
Maternity Statistics, Wales: Method of Delivery, 2004-2014 http://wales.gov.uk/docs/statistics/2014/141202-maternity-method-delivery-2014-en.pdf

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