Full Birth Statistics (2009) for Sligo General Hospital

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All mothers First time mothers 2nd & subsequent time mothers
No. of mothers (whose babies > 500g) 1,643
No. of babies born > 500g 1,666
Onset of Labour
% spontaneous onset of labour 66.2%
% labour induced 22.6%
% elective caesarean birth 8.9%
% pre-labour emergency caesarean birth 1.7%
Mode of Birth
% spontaneous vaginal birth 68.7%
% ventouse/vacuum birth 11.0%
% forceps birth 2.4%
% total instrumental birth 13.4%
% unplanned/emergency caesarean birth in labour 7.6%
% all emergency caesarean birth
% total caesarean birth 18.9%
Induction Details (% of women whose labour was induced)
% by prostaglandin (PG) only 34.8%
% by artificial rupture of membranes (ARM) only 28.0%
% by syntocinon only (if previous SROM) 16.4%
% by combination: PG + ARM 6.2%
% by combination: PG + ARM + syntocinon 5.7%
% by combination: ARM + syntocinon 8.9%
% by other method
Modes of birth following induction (% of women whose labour was induced)
% spontaneous vaginal birth
% ventouse/vacuum birth
% forceps birth
% caesarean birth
In spontaneous labour (% of women who went into labour spontaneously)
% artificial rupture of membranes (ARM)
% syntocinon
% spontaneous vaginal birth
"Normal Birth"
Spontaneous onset of labour, no artificial rupture of membranes, no augmentation, no epidural, no episiotomy, spontaneous vaginal birth.
Normal birth as % of all women attending unit
Normal birth % of women who went into labour spontaneously
Breech Babies
% of breech babies born vaginally
% of breech babies born by caesarean birth
Twin births
% of twin babies born vaginally 69.6%
% of twin babies born by caesarean birth 30.4%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean)
VBAC as % of all mothers who gave birth in the unit
% of mothers with one prior caesarean birth who opted to labour
% of mothers with one prior caesarean birth who had a VBAC
% VBAC rate of those who opted to labour
Fetal Monitoring
Approx. 20 min admission trace 99.9%
Intermittent auscultation during labour
Continuous electronic fetal monitoring – external > 1hr during labour
Continuous electronic fetal monitoring – internal (fetal scalp electrode) > 1 hr during labour
Fetal blood sampling
Pharmacological Pain relief
% use of entonox (gas & air) 73.7%
% use of epidural / spinal anaesthesia (induced/labouring women only – excluding pre-labour caesarean section) 30.7%
% use of pethidine / diamorphine 54.7%
Episiotomy / Tears
% intact perineum 25.1%
% 1st degree tears 11.8%
% 2nd degree tears 26.5%
% 3rd degree tears 0.5%
% 4th degree tears 0.0%
% episiotomy – spontaneous vaginal birth
% episiotomy - instrumental birth
% total episiotomy 17.7%
3rd Stage
% physiological 3rd stage of labour
% actively managed 3rd stage of labour 99.9%
Breastfeeding
% initiated breastfeeding within 1 hr of birth 61.6%
% exclusively breastfeeding on discharge 40.0%
Babies born outside of the unit
% born before arrival (booked for hospital birth but born before reaching hospital) 0.2%
% births at home with hospital community midwives
Gestational age at birth (from last menstrual period date or by ultrasound scan):
≤ 370 weeks 4.7%
371 – 380 weeks 38.5%
381 – 390 weeks
391 – 400 weeks 50.7%
401 – 410 weeks
411 – 420 weeks
421 – 430 weeks 6.1%
431 – 440 weeks
≥ 441 weeks

All % data provided here has been calculated by 'bump2babe: The Consumer Guide to Maternity Services in Ireland'. Maternity units provided bump2babe with numbers of mothers for the various categories and we calculated the percentage rates based on the numbers of mothers who gave birth in the unit. We are not responsible for any inaccuracies in the figures given to bump2babe. The guide has highlighted and raised concerns about differences in data recording and reporting abilities in the 22 maternity units in Ireland.