Friarage Midwifery Led Unit Birth Statistics

Number of deliveries

  • Year 1  =  266 Births
  • Year 2  =  268 Births
  • Year 3  =  233 Births

The type of labour/birth you have first time round completely shapes your subsequent births. You are more likely to remain low risk for your following pregnancies if you deliver at a midwifery led unit first time round.

Delivery outcomes of all women who began their labour at the Friarage

On average:

  •     92% Normal deliveries (including those transferred to James Cook)
  •     5% Instrumental (transferred to James Cook)
  •     2.5 % Caesarean sections (transferred to James Cook)

Positive results

  • 97.5% of women who started their labour at the Friarage went on to have a vaginal delivery 

National Birth Statistics 2015-16 FMC Birth Statistics 2015-16
(First time births)
  • Spontaneous vaginal delivery = 53.7%
  • Caesarean section = 21.1%
  • Instrumental delivery= 25.3%
  • Spontaneous vaginal delivery = 86.4%
  • Caesarean section = 2.5%
  • Instrumental delivery= 11%
(Subsequent births)
  • Spontaneous vaginal delivery= 74.1%
  • Caesarean section = 20.5%
  • Instrumental = 5.5%
  • Spontaneous vaginal delivery= 96%
  • Caesarean section = 3%
  • Instrumental = 0.75%

(National Maternity and Perinatal Audit- Clinical Report 2017 – These figures include both high and low risk women)

Significantly fewer interventions

Evidence suggests women who planned birth in a midwifery unit have significantly fewer interventions, including substantially fewer caesarean sections and more ‘normal births’ than women who planned birth in an obstetric unit (Birth Place Study, 2011).

Our birth statistics reflect this also:

  • Only 0.7% of babies born at the FMC required neonatal transfer to JCUH.
  • Only 1% of babies born at the FMC required neonatal resusitation.
  • Only 0.4% of babies born at the FMC required neonatal resuscitation greater than inflation breathes.
  • Only 2.7% of babies required transfer to JCUH, reasons for transfer included skin rashes, low birth weight, GBS mothers not receiving antibiotics during labour, nasal flaring, and meconium aspirate.