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Births

Volume 124: debated on Friday 11 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the stillbirth, neonatal and postneonatal mortality rates for singleton babies with birthweights under 1,000 grammes, 1,000 to 2,499 grammes, 2,500 grammes and over, and those with unstated birthweights, who were born in England and Wales in 1985 and in 1986 (a) by caesarean section, (b) by instrumental delivery, including forceps, ventouse and breech extraction and (c) by spontaneous delivery, including abnormal presentation of the head and breech spontaneous delivery.

I regret that the information requested is not available. The registration of births (live and still) does not identify the mode of delivery.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the numbers of babies born, the numbers admitted to special care baby units and their average length of stay for (i) singleton and (ii) multiple deliveries in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.

The available information is given in the table. Figures for singleton and multiple deliveries are not available separately. Information for Wales is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

In-patient cases treated and average length of stay in special care baby units, and live births, England 1977–1986
YearCases treated in special care baby unitsAverage length of stay (days) in special care baby unitsAll Live Births
1977102,7858·0536,953
197897,8038·2562,589
197993,7428·4601,316
198089,2778·6618,371
198184,0618·9598,163
198276,2799·5589,711
198371,18410·0593,255
198468,77710·5600,573
198568,63410·8619,301
198666,72511·0623,609

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will give the stillbirth and neonatal mortality rates for babies born in 1986 in England and Wales to women who delivered at home and (a) had booked to deliver at home, (b) had booked to deliver in hospital or (c) had made no arrangements for their delivery;(2) if he will give the stillbirth and neonatal mortality rates for babies born in 1986 in England and Wales to women who were originally booked to deliver at home and who

(a) delivered at home as planned, (b) delivered in hospital following a change of booking during pregnancy, (c) delivered in hospital following a decision taken during labour or (d) delivered elsewhere.

I regret that this information is not available. Information for Wales is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.