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.  They reflect the care that has been provided to women in my care and may or may not represent your individual experience. This page was last updated 23.9.16.

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 3%
  • Amongst low-risk women, the caesarean rate is 3%
  • Assisted birth (forceps / vacuum) 5%
  • VBAC 92%
  • Episiotomy 2%
  • Intact perineum 60%
  • 6% women use an epidural for labour
  • 80% women use no medical forms of pain relief in labour
  • 11% women are induced
  • 37% women have a waterbirth
  • 35% women birth at home
  • 48% women have a physiological third stage
  • 96% babies are 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.

Private midwifery care can increase the chance of a normal birth by 150%

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

Private midwifery care can reduce 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.

Private midwifery care can increase 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.

Private midwifery care can reduce 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 chose private midwifery care.

Private midwifery care increase the chance of a successful VBAC by 700%

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

Private midwifery care can increase the chance of  homebirth by 1630%

  • Only 0.2% babies are born at home in NSW

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%