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Fatalities During Birth

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many fatalities occurred in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006 following (i) a home birth with the assistance of a midwife, (ii) in a midwife-led unit, (iii) in a consultant-led maternity unit and (iv) elsewhere; (121048)

(2) how many babies were born in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006 (i) at home with the assistance of a midwife, (ii) in a midwife-led unit, (iii) in a consultant-led maternity unit and (iv) elsewhere;

(3) how many successful litigation cases were brought against the NHS involving (a) midwives assisting with home births, (b) midwife-led maternity units, (c) consultant-led maternity units and (d) other delivery formats in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006.