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Table 2 Incidence of interventions by Health Service Executive hospital region for singleton, live birth delivery hospitalisations, Republic of Ireland, 2005-2009

From: Regional variation in obstetrical intervention for hospital birth in the Republic of Ireland, 2005–2009

  Dublin Mid Leinster Dublin Northeast South West
Induction of labour
Prostaglandin 5.2 4.7 8.9 5.9
Oxytocin 6.8 1.8 1.8 1.8
Artificial rupture of membrane 5.1 3.6 4.4 8.9
Othera 12.2 13.5 12.3 15.4
Total induction 27.6 23.3 26.9 31.3
Pain relief
Epidural anaesthesia 56.3 52.5 56.6 48.4
Mode of delivery
Elective caesareanb 8.1 12.3 13.3 13.4
Emergency caesarean 14.7 16.4 15.7 13.7
Vacuumc 13.2 18.1 16.2 14.8
Forcepsc 5.8 4.2 4.8 2.7
Non-operative vaginal 68.3 63.9 65.0 69.8
Select procedures
Blood transfusionb 1.2 1.4 1.0 0.6
Hysterectomyb 0.02 0.03 0.01 0.02
Episiotomyd 27.4 18.5 22.4 21.8
  1. Note: Values are rates per 100 deliveries. Rates are based on emergency and vaginal (operative and non-operative) deliveries only (n=286,495) unless otherwise specified.
  2. a Includes medical and surgical methods (i.e. Bougie, cervical dilation and Foley’s catheter) not elsewhere specified.
  3. b Rate is based on all deliveries (n=323,588).
  4. c Rate includes failed attempts.
  5. d Rate is based on vaginal (operative and non-operative) deliveries only (n=243,291).