The government have just published a Press Release on stats on 2005 births (the most recent to be fully analysed).
It makes interesting reading and is sure to start some controversial discussions in here. The full report can be viewed here.
In the meantime, here are some interesting quotes:
The rise in caesarean sections also continued in 2005, with 30.3% of women giving birth by caesarean section, compared with 19.5% in 1996.
Women giving birth in private hospitals reported higher rates of caesarean sections.
Of women who had previously had a caesarean section, the majority (83.2%) had another caesarean section.
The likelihood of interventions such as induction of labour, instrumental delivery or caesarean section increased with socioeconomic advantage.
Other findings include:
- 17.4% of mothers reported smoking during pregnancy
- 8.1% of all babies born in 2005 were preterm (less than 37 weeks gestation)