Decline in teenage deliveries, rise in deliveries of over 40

NHS statistics state that there has been a rise in the number of women in their 40s having babies and the rise has been about 15 per cent. This is also the biggest rise in an age-group.

NHS information centre for health and social care states that in about 20 deliveries taking place in London hospitals, one delivery is of a mother who is over 40 years of age. In England, London also has the lowest rate of teenage deliveries. In 2011 and 2012, there were about 25,600 deliveries in England of the over-40s. In 2006 and 2007 there were about 22,200 deliveries in this age group.

Across the country, there has been a decline in the deliveries of women who are less than 20 years of age. There has also been a rise in caesarean deliveries and there is one in four deliveries and this is a cause of concern.

Louise Silverton, director for midwifery at the RCM, said, "There has also been a rise in the number of elective caesareans, while the number of emergency caesareans has remained stable. Questions must be asked as to what the driver is behind this increase in elective surgery. An increase in caesarean rates and instrumental deliveries often reflects a decrease in involvement with midwives, and this concerns me."

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