Maternity: Twice as many hospital deliveries to women living in the most deprived areas of England December 5th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Maternity: Twice as many hospital deliveries to women living in the most deprived areas of England The rate of delivery to women living in the most deprived areas of the country was double that of women in the least deprived areas. Today’s figures show the rate of hospital delivery to women living in the most deprived areas in England was 37.2 per 1,000 population3(95,370 deliveries4in total) compared to 18.6 per 1,000 (47,710 deliveries in total) in the least deprived areas. New figures for 2012-13 also show a national fall in the number of teenage5deliveries; in 2012-13 there were 30,790 teenage deliveries which was 8.4 per cent fewer than in 2011-12 where there were 33,620, and this is a substantial fall (of 27.8 per cent) on teenage deliveries in 2007-08 (42,670). In 2012-13 there were considerably more deliveries to teenage mothers living in the most deprived areas (7,640 or 31.1 per 1,000 teenage girls) than to those living in the least deprived areas (800 or 3.6 per 1,000 teenage girls).6 These figures show a narrowing gap between rates of delivery in the most deprived areas and those in the least deprived. In 2011-12 delivery rates in the most deprived areas were 34.1 per 1,000 teenage girls (8,330 deliveries) and in the least deprived areas this was 4.1 per 1,000 teenage girls (920 deliveries). In 2007-08 rates of teenage deliveries were 47.7 in the most deprived areas (11,620 deliveries in total) and 4.4 in the least deprived areas (980 deliveries in total). Today’s report, NHS Maternity Statistics, England: 2012-13, presents facts and figures about NHS hospital deliveries, from gestation and delivery type to complications and birth weight. Hospital maternity activity in 2012-13 in England showed: There were 671,260 deliveries in NHS hospitals overall, a 0.3 per cent rise on the overall figure in 2011-12 when there were 668,940. The overall rate of delivery in teenagers was 13.7 per 1,000 of the teenage population – the highest rate was for mothers living in North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA) (18.3) and the lowest rate was in London SHA (10.5). One in four deliveries involved a caesarean section7(25.5 per cent) continuing a slight increase on last year (25.0 per cent) and five years ago (24.6 per cent). Caesarean rates varied by ethnicity of mother; one in three mothers of black ethnicity had a caesarean (33.5 per cent, or 10,890 out of 32,460) and one in four mothers of either Asian or white ethnicity had a caesarean (27.2 per cent, or 19,020 out of 69,970 and 24.8 per cent, or 116,960 out of 471,180). The highest rate of caesarean delivery was in mothers aged 40 years and above (10,620 out of 25,310, or 42.0 per cent) compared to only one in seven mothers under 20 (4,070 out of 29,860, or 13.6 per cent). Submit News Contact us with your community, Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!