Birthing statistics

The statistics listed below are for the births I have attended at home, in birth centres and in hospitals.  They reflect the care that has been provided to women in my care and may or may not represent your individual experience. The number and type of interventions in a birth will depend on many factors:

  • Health and safety factors
  • The decisions that are made by a woman and her care provider
  • A woman's motivation to achieve the birth she has planned

Statistics:

  • Normal birth (no forceps, vacuum or caesarean): 89%
  • Caesarean 5%
  • Vacuum 3%
  • Forceps 4%
  • VBAC 88%
  • Episiotomy 3%
  • Intact perineum 65%
  • 5% women use an epidural for labour
  • 82% women use no medical forms of pain relief in labour
  • 12% women are induced
  • 50% women have a waterbirth
  • 49% women birth at home
  • 60% women have a physiological third stage
  • 97% babies are exclusively breastfed at 6 weeks discharge
  • Homebirth transfer rate 19%
  • Women considered to be "low risk": 45%
  • Women considered to be "high risk": 55%

Statistics for first babies:

  • Normal birth (no forceps, vacuum or caesarean): 90%
  • Caesarean 5%
  • Vacuum 3%
  • Forceps 2%

I feel it is important to compare the measurable benefits of private midwifery care against the statistics for the State as a whole.  These statistics are taken from The NSW Mothers & Babies Report 2010 which are the latest statistics available.

Private midwifery care can increase the chance of a normal birth

  • In NSW, only 58% women birth their babies normally.
  • This rate increases to 89% through this service

Private midwifery care can reduce the need for an epidural

  • 47% of all women used an epidural in labour.  This commonly leads to an assisted delivery, possibly with an episiotomy.
  • The epidural rate is a mere 5% through this service

Private midwifery care can increase a woman’s chance of having a drug-free birth

  • NSW-wide, only 10% women birth their babies drug-free.  90% women use some form of analgesia.
  • Through this service, 82% women use no medical form of pain relief for labour.

Private midwifery care can reduce the need for a caesarean

  • 30% of women in NSW had a caesarean in 2010.
  • 5% women require a caesarean through this service.

26% of first time mothers had caesareans in NSW compared to only 5% of women who chose private midwifery care.

Private midwifery care increase the chance of a successful VBAC

  • In NSW in 2010, only 12% of women who had had a previous caesarean achieved a vaginal birth
  • This increases to 88% when women choose this service

Private midwifery care can increase the chance of  homebirth

  • Only 0.3% babies are born at home in NSW
  • 49% babies are born at home through this service

Choosing a private midwife more than doubles your chance of starting labour without medications

Choosing a private midwife trebles your chance of needing no stitches after birth

Private midwifery care reduces your chance of an episiotomy by 83%

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