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Table 1 Country level data

From: Policy, service, and training provision for women following a traumatic birth: an international knowledge mapping exercise

  Number of inhabitants (in millions)h Number of births per year Birth rate (‰) Average % of caesarean sections per year
across country
% of home births per year Care systemj Number of maternity hospitalsk Ratio of maternity hospitals (number per 1 million inhabitants)
Belgium 11.49 115,565 10.1% 21% 0.53% 1 104 9
Cyprus 1.2 9548a 10.7%b 54% 0% 2 34c 28
England 56 625,651 11.2% 29% 2.1% 1 134 2.4
France 67 753,000 11.2% 19.7% 0.6% 2 513 7.7
Germany 83.02 784,901 9.5% 30.5% 1.3% 2 672 8.1
Greece 10.8 83,763 7.8%a 56.8% < 1% 2 107d 10.3
Iceland 0.35 4448 12.6‰ 16.1% 1.8% 1 7 20
Ireland 4.76 61,084 12.8‰ 33.8% 0.2% 2 19 4
Netherlands 17.43 161,720 9.3‰ 15.7% 12.7% 1 75 4.3
Northern Ireland 1.91 20,814 10.9‰ 32% 0.22% 2 17e 8.9
Norway 5.38 54,407 10.1‰ 15.9% 0.41% 2 47f 8.7
Poland 38.41 389,603 10.1‰ 44.7% 0.2% 2 387 10.1
Portugal 10.28 86,256 8.4‰ 32.5% 1% 2 238 23.2
Republic of Serbia 7 63,975 9.2‰ 32.2% 0.15% 2 58 8.3
Scotland 5.5 48,912 8.9‰ 34.5% 1.17% 1 43g 7.8
Spain 47.33 359,770 7.6‰ 26.7% 0.32% 2 511 10.8
Switzerland 8.6 86,172 10.0‰ 32.0% 1.03% 2 87 10.1
Turkey 83.15 1,183,652 14.2‰ 53.1% 0.9% 2 1329 16
  1. aIn the government-controlled area (South)
  2. bData was collected direct from the stakeholders
  3. c5 public hospitals and 29 maternity private clinics
  4. d64 public maternity units and 43 private maternity units
  5. e8 maternity hospitals and 9 Midwife-led units (6 Alongside MLUs & 3 Free Standing MLUs – Reconfiguring due to COVID-19 currently there are - 6 AMUs and 1 FMU with other units planned to reopen)
  6. f42 maternity clinics and 5 maternity wards
  7. g18 obstetric units, 19 freestanding midwife-led units and 6 alongside midwife-led units
  8. hCountry level data was based on the most recent available census, at the time of data collection. Some data were rounded to two decimal places. iThe data used to calculate birth rate and ratio of maternity hospitals were sometimes collected for different reference years. jCare system: 1 = public care only; 2 = public and private care. k There were inconsistencies in how data was reported – some provided the numbers of maternity hospitals, whereas others detailed the different levels of provision, i.e. numbers of maternity units, consultant led units, etc.