Abstract: This project explores levels and trends in the prevalence of caesarean section delivery in Ireland between 1999 and 2007. Over this period the caesarean section rate in Ireland increased by almost one quarter. Using data from the Irish National Perinatal Reporting System and the Hospital In-Patient Enquiry scheme the project examines the contribution of maternal, birth/infant, hospital and clinical characteristics in the rise in the caesarean section rate over the period.
The ESRI works towards a national vision of ‘Informed policy for a better Ireland’. This means producing high-quality analysis to provide robust evidence for policymaking, with the goals of research excellence and policy impact.
The ESRI produces research that contributes to understanding economic and social change in the new international context and that informs public policymaking and civil society in Ireland.