Advice

Using birth statistics

Our advice highlights the key statistics to look out for when deciding where to give birth. We’ll help you compare local services and understand what might happen during labour and birth in different units.

  • The top 10 birth statistics you should consider

    10 min read

    Birth statistics can help you understand what might happen during labour. Here we cover the key statistics that you should look out for when deciding where to give birth.

  • The Birthplace study: Safety, transfers and interventions compared

    7 min read

    Where you plan to give birth can affect the experience you have – from how likely it is that you’ll have an unplanned caesarean to your chances of being transferred during labour. Here we outline the findings of the BMJ Birthplace study.

  • A guide to birth statistics

    9 min read

    Birth statistics can show you how women give birth in different maternity units and birth centres. This is an overview of the statistics we show on this site and where they come from.

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