Planned Home Births in Ireland Annual Report 2016
The Planned Home Births in Ireland report, published by the Health Service Executive in collaboration with the National Perintal Epidemiology Centre, is to present an overview and national statistics on the home births service provided by SECMs in the Republic of Ireland for the year 2016. The report audits the home birth service by examining both the maternal and fetal outcomes of planned home births, including outcomes whereby the care of the woman is transferred for hospital care antenatally, during labour or postnatally.
This is the fifth national clinical audit on planned home births in Ireland under the care of Self Employed Community Midwives (SECMs). In 2016, 20 primary SECMs provided a home birth service on behalf of the Health Service Executive (HSE). Anonymised data were reported by the five Designated Midwifery Officers on a total of 192 planned home births in 2016. This equates to a 16% reduction in the number of women who intended on having a home birth compared to figures from 2015. This national clinical audit provides information on planned home births in Ireland. This report offers an informative resource for clinicians to inform mothers in a clear and transparent manner in relation to planned home birth as a delivery option in Ireland.