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New report brings together existing maternity data

14 April, 2015: A one-off report that examines the current sources of maternity data has been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

The Compendium of Maternity Statistics considers the difficulties currently faced in reporting available maternity statistics.

The report will bring together data from a variety of sources.2 These data include:

  • Mothers' details, including demographic information and maternity care plan.
  • Mothers' booking and diagnoses details.
  • Mothers' screening and test details.
  • Mothers' diagnoses and admission details.
  • Mothers' labour/foetus outcome details.
  • Mothers' postpartum details.
  • Babies' details.
  • Babies' screening details.
  • Mothers' sexual health and infection details.

Related data, including workforce, bed availability and occupancy, complaints and immunisations, will also be compiled within this report.

An interactive spreadsheet based on existing data will allow users to examine and compare select information by service provider, including number of deliveries and results of the friends and family test. Regional statistics concerning smoking, breastfeeding and baby names will also be included.

This release precedes the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS),3 which will include much of these data, allowing for more detailed analysis and improved data linkage.


Notes to editors

  1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 220 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.
  2. Data sources used in the Compendium of Maternity Statistics include Health and Social Care Information Centre, Eurostat, National Records of Scotland, NHS England, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, Office for National Statistics and Public Health England.
  3. The Maternity Services Data Set covers key information captured from NHS-funded maternity services. It will provide reliable information for payment of maternity services, local and national monitoring, reporting for effective commissioning, monitoring outcomes and addressing health inequalities. Central submissions will commence from 1 June 2015. More information can be found here:
  4. For media enquires or interview requests please contact or telephone 0300 30 33 888. Please note the change to our media line number.
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