clinical outcomes

Birthing statistics

The statistics listed below are for the births I have attended at home, in birth centres and in hospitals over the years of my private practice, using the same Program that is now offered via this website. 

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
  • The way a woman has prepared for her birth
  • The woman's level of knowledge about her choices and options - and the implications of each path she takes
  • The woman's choice of care provider and birth place

Statistics:

  • Normal birth (no forceps, vacuum or caesarean): 89%
  • Caesarean 3%
  • Among low-risk women, the caesarean rate was 3%
  • Assisted birth (forceps / vacuum) 5%
  • VBAC (vaginal birth following a previous caesarean section) 92%
  • Episiotomy 2%
  • Intact perineum 60%
  • 6% women used an epidural for labour
  • 80% women used no medical forms of pain relief in labour
  • 11% women were induced
  • 37% women had a waterbirth
  • 35% women birthed at home
  • 48% women had a physiological third stage
  • 96% babies were exclusively breastfed at 6 weeks discharge
  • Homebirth transfer rate 10%
  • Women considered to be "low risk": 54%
  • Women considered to be "high risk": 46%

Statistics for first babies

  • Normal birth (no forceps, vacuum or caesarean): 82%
  • Caesarean 10%
  • Vacuum 2%
  • Forceps 6%

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 2014, which are the latest statistics available.

My service increased the chance of a normal birth by 150%

  • In NSW, only 56% women birth their babies normally.

My service reduced the need for an epidural by 89%

  • 50% of all women used an epidural in labour.  This commonly leads to an assisted delivery, possibly with an episiotomy.

My service increased a woman’s chance of having a drug-free birth by 800%

  • NSW-wide, only 8% women birth their babies drug-free.  91% women use some form of analgesia.

My service reduced the need for a caesarean by 89%

  • 32% of women in NSW had a caesarean in 2014.

27% of first time mothers had caesareans in NSW compared to only 10% of women who were cared for by me

My service increased the chance of a successful VBAC by 900%

  • In NSW in 2014, only 10% of women who had had a previous caesarean achieved a vaginal birth

My service increased the chance of homebirth by 1630%

  • Only 0.2% babies are born at home in NSW

My service more than doubled a woman's chance of starting labour without medications

My service trebled a woman's chance of needing no stitches after birth

My service reduced a woman's chance of an episiotomy by 83%