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Caesarean deliveries up 3.3%

1st May 2009

New NHS figures have revealed that almost a quarter of all deliveries in England are by caesarean section.

They show that in 2007/08, 24.6% of deliveries used this method, a rise of 0.3% on 2006/7. The total number of deliveries in NHS hospitals for that period rose by 3.3% to 649,837. Midwives conducted 60.3% of deliveries compared with 61.7% in 2006/7 while hospital doctors conducted 36.2% of deliveries (35% in 2006/7). A total of 36.5% of women had an epidural, general or spinal anaesthetic during labour compared with 35.8% the previous year.


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