Caesarean rate continues to rise

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The number of women undergoing a Caesarean section in Ireland is continuing to rise, while the number of those opting for home births is on the decline ...

... 26.7% of total live births were delivered by Caesarean section. In 1990, this figure was 20.4%.

There were 158 home births attended by independent domiciliary midwives in 2008, compared to 186 in 2007.

... Meanwhile, the perinatal mortality(death) rate was 6.8 per 1,000 live births and stillbirths in 2008. This figure has fallen by 17.1% since 1999, when it was 8.2 per 1,000.

The perinatal mortality rate was highest for babies born to mothers aged 40 to 44 (11.3 per 1,000). The lowest perinatal mortality rate was for babies born to mothers aged 35-39 (5.8 per 1,000) ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448