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Ways of giving birth - "other"....??

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bookthief Wed 03-Sep-08 16:56:24

I'm looking at some birth statistics for my work. It lists the % for each hospital by method of delivery, those being:

Caesarian (elective)
Caesarian (emergency)

Our hospital has 0.1% for other. WTF?? I'm sure I'm missing something obvious but is there another way to give birth?

(I don't need to know this btw, just curious and mind boggling)

ellideb Wed 03-Sep-08 17:22:15

Episiotomy maybe? Syntocinon and induction?

MatNanPlus Wed 03-Sep-08 17:23:37


home birth?

LynetteScavo Wed 03-Sep-08 17:23:43

Feet first, or is that counted as breach?

lulumama Wed 03-Sep-08 17:24:18


or just an error?

or a combination of things, i.e ventouse followed by em c.s?

teleportation, as suggested on anothr thread? grin

eandz Wed 03-Sep-08 17:25:58

baby ripping out of the tummy alien style?

Chequers Wed 03-Sep-08 17:26:00

don't think it's a combination - my failed ventouse and successful forceps was recorded as forceps.

PortAndLemon Wed 03-Sep-08 17:27:17

Stork? Gooseberry bush?

More seriously, I suspect rounding error (i.e. once other figures were rounded and added together they only came to 99.9% so they introduced "other" to compensate) or "Oh drat, we forgot to tick a box for one baby".

DontNeedAnything Wed 03-Sep-08 17:30:51

Crash section?

It can't be induced because even if your baby is induced it has to come out via one o fhte other methods.

Plus surely 0.1% woul dbe very very low rate for inductions.

naturalblonde Wed 03-Sep-08 17:32:25

I'm very interested in knowing what the 'other' is. Due to give birth in 2 weeks and if they've come up with a new, pain free way of doing it, I'd like to know about it.

DontNeedAnything Wed 03-Sep-08 17:32:49

Could be "unrecorded"

i.e. it is one of teh above but we don't know which one cos the MW forgot to write up the notes shock

zwiggy Wed 03-Sep-08 17:33:13

still birth under general anaesthetic.

LazyLinePainterJane Wed 03-Sep-08 18:00:05

Out through the mouth?

SoupDragon Wed 03-Sep-08 18:06:29

Hand up the fanjo like James Herriot and the cow?

bundle Wed 03-Sep-08 18:07:34

now we're talking!
I love the theme tune too

DontNeedAnything Thu 04-Sep-08 19:40:49

I have solved this

Someone has invented a child teleportation device.

Child in tummy. Press a button. Child lying in cot next to you and tummy magically flat again. No damage to fanjo or bikini line.

Or maybe it is a step beyond in vitro is in vitro feotal development...the foetus is grown in a supersized petri dish in a lab incubator. No damage to fanjo, bikini line and even the pelvic floor stays intact.

<DNA wakes up from an exotic dream>

bookthief Tue 09-Sep-08 11:34:16

Ok, am back. Not induction (there are separate - high - figures for that.) Not unrecorded as it says that these haven't been included and also not combination.

Maybe it's the experimental teleportation device. One hospital has 3% of births this way so maybe they're piloting it. Ooh I hope it catches on wink.

I suspect it must be a rounding thing (0.1% would be around 4 births for this hospital) but I'm going to go off and contact the stats people because I really want to know now.

LeonieD Tue 09-Sep-08 11:59:47

Message withdrawn

bookthief Tue 09-Sep-08 14:38:00

Well, it turns out that it is as simple as unrecorded (even though these are not meant to be included).

Apparently the field should never be used as the only time the method of birth would be genuinely unknown is if it was an unattended birth, and obviously that would be spontaneous and recorded as such. The stats lady says that these entries are queried at several stages during the information collecting process but the hospital are not obliged to correct them.

So that was a very mundane answer. No new fancy technology (that they're telling us about anyway).

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