St Luke’s Hospital has the highest level of Caeseran sections in the country at 38 per cent of all births.
However a HSE spokesperson said that the perinatal mortality/morbidity rates (the number of deaths in a given population around the time of birth) at the hospital are amongst the lowest in Ireland and these rates are a reliable indicator of a high standard maternity service.
The lowest C-section rate was at Sligo General Hospital at 19 per cent of all births, followed by the National Maternity Holles Street, Dublin at 21.5 per cent. All of the State’s maternity hospitals show a higher rate than the 10 to 15 per cent recommended by the World Health Organisation.
According to a HSE statement Caesarian reviews take place weekly at St. Luke’s.
“The ethos that shapes clinical practice is to place the health of the mother and child at the centre of the care process. In recognition of this there are strong governance arrangements in place which involve dedicated weekly risk-assessment meetings.”
The figures were released by the HSE this week and are based on data from 2011.