7% of pregnant women have given birth alone in the last 8 weeks.

Data collected by Pregnant Then Screwed on the 7th December 2020 found that in the 8 weeks prior, 7.4% of pregnant women had given birth alone.

The survey also found that 60% of women who were induced were on their own with 48% in hospital for more than 24 hours on their own and 30% in for more than 48 hours on their own. 9 out of 10 of the women who were on their own for any period of time without their partner said it was too long to be alone.

8% of those surveyed opted for a home birth with 72% of women who opted for home birth saying they only did this as they wanted to give birth with their partner present and they felt this was the only way they could guarantee that would happen.

23% of women had a pre-planned C section, and 15% of those women said they had opted for a C section so that their partner could be with them.

24% of women who went into labour said they had to spend some of their labour on their own with 16% saying they spent more than 9 hours of labour on their own. 61% of labouring women said this increased their stress and anxiety.


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