Full Birth Statistics (2009) for Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda

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All mothers First time mothers 2nd & subsequent time mothers
No. of mothers (whose babies > 500g) 4,088 1,422 2,666
No. of babies born > 500g 4,155 1,446 2,709
Onset of Labour
% spontaneous onset of labour 59.5% 59.4% 59.6%
% labour induced 22.7% 31.1% 18.3%
% elective caesarean birth 13.3% 5.7% 17.4%
% pre-labour emergency caesarean birth 4.5% 3.9% 4.8%
Mode of Birth
% spontaneous vaginal birth 54.1% 39.9% 61.7%
% ventouse/vacuum birth 11.7% 20.5% 7.1%
% forceps birth 4.3% 8.9% 1.9%
% total instrumental birth 16.1% 29.3% 9.0%
% unplanned/emergency caesarean birth in labour 12.1% 21.2% 7.2%
% all emergency caesarean birth
% total caesarean birth 29.8% 30.8% 29.3%
Induction Details (% of women whose labour was induced)
% by prostaglandin (PG) only
% by artificial rupture of membranes (ARM) only
% by syntocinon only (if previous SROM)
% by combination: PG + ARM
% by combination: PG + ARM + syntocinon
% by combination: ARM + syntocinon
% 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 23.9% 5.0% 31.9%
% of twin babies born by caesarean birth 76.1% 95.0% 68.1%
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 78.7% 79.7% 78.2%
Intermittent auscultation during labour 39.8% 25.1% 47.6%
Continuous electronic fetal monitoring – external > 1hr during labour 54.9% 64.9% 49.6%
Continuous electronic fetal monitoring – internal (fetal scalp electrode) > 1 hr during labour 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
Fetal blood sampling 7.2% 12.6% 4.3%
Pharmacological Pain relief
% use of entonox (gas & air) 64.0% 69.8% 61.0%
% use of epidural / spinal anaesthesia (induced/labouring women only – excluding pre-labour caesarean section) 24.1% 36.7% 17.4%
% use of pethidine / diamorphine 29.3% 42.4% 22.2%
Episiotomy / Tears
% intact perineum 20.3% 9.6% 26.0%
% 1st degree tears 16.5% 9.4% 20.4%
% 2nd degree tears 23.4% 24.6% 22.7%
% 3rd degree tears 1.0% 1.8% 0.5%
% 4th degree tears 0.1% 0.2% 0.1%
% episiotomy – spontaneous vaginal birth 2.9% 4.1% 2.3%
% episiotomy - instrumental birth 11.0% 18.5% 7.1%
% total episiotomy 14.0% 22.6% 9.4%
3rd Stage
% physiological 3rd stage of labour 3.5% 2.0% 4.3%
% actively managed 3rd stage of labour 96.5% 98.0% 95.7%
Breastfeeding
% initiated breastfeeding within 1 hr of birth 55.5% 59.5% 53.3%
% exclusively breastfeeding on discharge 40.6% 39.5% 41.2%
Babies born outside of the unit
% born before arrival (booked for hospital birth but born before reaching hospital) 0.4% 0.1% 0.6%
% births at home with hospital community midwives
Gestational age at birth (from last menstrual period date or by ultrasound scan):
≤ 370 weeks
371 – 380 weeks
381 – 390 weeks
391 – 400 weeks
401 – 410 weeks
411 – 420 weeks
421 – 430 weeks
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.