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Childbirth

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of women giving birth in (a) the Vale of York, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) England did so at home in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007 and (iv) 2008. (291712)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply

Letter from Jil Matheson:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what percentage of women giving birth in (a) the Vale of York, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) England did so at home in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007 and (iv) 2008. (291712)

The table attached provides the percentage of maternities that took place at home in (a) Vale of York parliamentary constituency, (b) North Yorkshire county, and (c) England for the years 2005 to 2008.

Table 1: Percentage of maternities that took place at home, Vale of York parliamentary constituency, North Yorkshire county and England1, 2005 to 20082

Percentage

Area

2005

2006

2007

2008

Vale of York

2

2

2

3

North Yorkshire

2

2

2

2

England

3

3

3

3

1 Based on boundaries as of 2009. 2 Figures are based on maternities in a given calendar year.