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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics, England - January 2017, Experimental statistics

13:06 September 24, 2017 - 09:30 June 07, 2017
Publication date: June 07, 2017
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This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for January 2017, using data submitted to the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS). The MSDS has been developed to help achieve better outcomes of care for mothers, babies and children.

The MSDS is a patient-level 'secondary uses' data set that re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care, such as commissioning, clinical audit. It captures key information at each stage of the maternity service care pathway in NHS-funded maternity services, such as those provided by GP practices and hospitals. The data collected include mother's demographics, booking appointments, admissions and re-admissions, screening tests, labour and delivery along with baby's demographics, diagnoses and screening tests.

As part of this month's publication, we are also publishing an analysis of delivery method by Robson group. (Robson groups are 10 population groups used to classify births based on information relating to women's labour and previous birth history.)

These statistics are classified as experimental and should be used with caution. Experimental statistics are new official statistics undergoing evaluation. More information about experimental statistics can be found on the UK Statistics Authority website.

Key facts

This report contains key information based on the submissions that have been made by providers and will focus on data relating to activity that occurred in January 2017.
· For January 2017 data, 130 providers successfully submitted data for the MSDS. This compares with 134 providers submitting data in HES for 2015-16¹. We are working closely with providers who did not respond and expect coverage and data quality to increase over time.
· 101 of these providers submitted birth data relating to babies born in January 2017.
· Among women that had a booking appointment in January 2017, 49 per cent were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. This varied across regions with the highest proportion (54 per cent) of women having appointments in the first 10 weeks in the North of England Commissioning Region and the lowest proportion (32 per cent) in the London Commissioning Region.

· Of the births that had a recorded delivery method, 59 per cent were spontaneous vaginal births, 12 per cent had instrumental assistance, 12 per cent were elective caesarean sections and 15 per cent were emergency caesarean sections. The proportion of births by emergency caesarean was highest in the London Commissioning Region (17 per cent) and lowest in the South of England Commissioning Region (14 per cent).

· Among women that gave birth at 37 weeks gestation or later, 81 per cent had skin-to-skin contact with their baby within one hour of birth. The percentage of women that had skin-to-skin contact within one hour was highest in the London Commissioning Region (83 per cent) and lowest in the North of England Commissioning Region (75 per cent).

·74 per cent of babies received maternal or donor breast milk as their first feed.



Date Range: January 01, 2017 to January 31, 2017
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