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Table 1 Obstetric characteristics and outcomes for women opting for MLU care from 2008 to 2013, n = 3,884

From: Midwife-led maternity care in Ireland – a retrospective cohort study

  Year 2008 Year 2009 Year 2010 Year 2011 Year 2012 Year 2013 Total p-value
n = 594 n = 564 n = 668 n = 631 n = 705 n = 722 n = 3,884
Nulliparous women, % 16.3 19.3 25.1 35.8 46.5 38.9 31.1 <0.001 a
Maternal age, years 29.9 30.0 29.9 30.0 29.9 30.2 30.0 0.480 b
Gave birth at MLU, % 45.6 50.0 52.4 49.8 49.2 47.0 49.0 0.972 a
No antenatal transfer, % 50.5 66.1 68.3 66.1 63.5 60.7 62.6 0.022 a
Induction of labour, % 15.8 18.8 18.4 22.2 20.7 20.4 19.5 0.016 a
Acceleration of spontaneous labour with oxytocin, % 13.2 11.2 12.4 9.3 10.8 12.1 11.5 0.451 a
Spontaneous vaginal birth, % 73.2 73.0 72.9 71.2 71.6 68.8 71.7 0.054 a
Instrumental vaginal birth, % 14.8 14.2 15.9 16.5 13.8 16.3 15.3 0.580 a
Caesarean section, % 12.0 12.8 11.2 12.4 14.6 14.8 13.0 0.047 a
PPH over 500 mL, % 12.9 14.4 13.6 13.5 16.1 15.7 14.4 0.095 a
PPH over 1000 mL, % 5.0 5.6 5.1 5.6 5.1 4.9 5.2 0.795 a
Apgar Score <7 at 5 min, % 0.7 0.2 0 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.720 a
  1. a Linear-by-Linear Association
  2. b One-way ANOVA