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Table 1 Distribution of maternal and obstetric characteristics for public and private deliveries, Ireland, 2005-2010

From: Private health care coverage and increased risk of obstetric intervention

  Private deliveries Public deliveries
(N = 122,072) (N = 281,570)
Maternal characteristics   
Age (years)   
  <20 0.2 (286) 4.8 (13,585)
  20 – 29 13.9 (17,006) 46.3 (130,292)
  30 – 39 78.9 (96,298) 45.8 (128,831)
  ≥40 7.0 (8,482) 3.2 (8,862)
Morbidity   
  Heart diseasea 5.5 (6,732) 5.4 (15,251)
  Diabetes mellitusb 1.4 (1,761) 2.3 (6,446)
  Placental disordersc 1.2 (1,476) 1.1 (3,110)
Mode of delivery   
Caesarean, elective 17.8 (21,667) 9.4 (26,547)
Caesarean, emergency 14.3 (17,428) 13.3 (37,403)
Vaginal, operative, totald 18.1 (22,069) 14.9 (41,995)
  Vacuum 13.2 (16,076) 11.5 (32,302)
  Forceps 4.7 (5,734) 3.3 (9,256)
  Combined 0.2 (259) 0.2 (437)
Vaginal, non-operative 49.9 (60,908) 62.4 (175,625)
Induction of labour e   
Prostaglandin 7.0 (6,986) 6.0 (15,273)
Oxytocin 3.7 (3,723) 3.5 (8,901)
Artificial rupture of membrane 6.1 (6,091) 4.7 (12,054)
Otherf 16.4 (16,457) 12.1 (30,747)
Total induction 32.5 (32,622) 26.0 (66,320)
Select procedures   
Episiotomyg 29.5 (24,500) 20.9 (45,575)
Epidural usagee 64.1 (64,386) 50.4 (128,516)
Other obstetric conditions   
Previous caesarean delivery 15.1 (18,487) 8.7 (24,454)
Multiple birth 2.2 (2,693) 1.4 (4,039)
  1. Note: Rates are % (N). Rates are based on all deliveries (n = 403,642) unless otherwise stated.
  2. aIncludes chronic rheumatic heart disease, ischemic heart disease and pre-existing/gestational-induced hypertensive diseases.
  3. bIncludes pre-existing and gestational-induced diabetes.
  4. cIncludes placental malformations, placenta praevia and placental abruption.
  5. dCategories are not mutually exclusive.
  6. eRates are based on emergency caesarean and vaginal (operative and non-operative) deliveries only (n = 355,428).
  7. fIncludes medical and surgical methods (i.e. Bougie, cervical dilation and Foley’s catheter) not elsewhere specified.
  8. gRates are based on vaginal deliveries only (n = 300,597).