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NHS Maternity Statistics - England, 2010-2011

Publication date: 09:30 December 01, 2011


For the 2010-11 financial year, Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) has collected over 17 million records detailing episodes of admitted patient care delivered by NHS hospitals in England. Of these, 17 million records are details of each delivery which takes place in an NHS hospital.

This is the thirteenth bulletin that has been published on this subject. It covers the period from April 2010 to March 2011 and draws on over 668,000 detailed records of deliveries in NHS hospitals.

What data is covered in this publication?

33 tables and 3 graphs are available in one excel workbook which includes data on the following;

  • Place of delivery
  • Person conducting delivery
  • Anaesthetics
  • Method of onset and method of delivery
  • Episiotomy
  • Antenatal/postnatal stay
  • Complications
  • Gestation
  • Birth weight
  • Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy

Provider level analysis, 2010-11

The purpose of the provider level analysis is to contribute to the improvement of both the quality and coverage of maternity data submitted to HES. It is hoped this will stimulate discussion and ultimately contribute to enhancements in patient care. The provider level analysis provides information at national, strategic health authority, hospital provider and site level (where submitted) relating to:

  • Gestation period in weeks at first antenatal assessment date
  • Gestation length at delivery
  • Method of onset of labour
  • Method of delivery
  • Person conducting delivery
  • Place of delivery
  • Selected maternity statistics
  • Spontaneous deliveries with episiotomy
  • Caesarean with postnatal stay 0-3 days
  • Total caesarean with anaesthetics
  • Unassisted deliveries.

Please note that an additional data quality note relating to gestation length at delivery was added on 13/01/2014.

Key Facts

  • The number of deliveries in NHS hospitals increased by 15,818 deliveries from 652,377 in 2009-10 to 668,195 in 2010-11.
  • 67.5 per cent (323,918) of women had their first antenatal assessment within the first completed 12 weeks of pregnancy. This compares to 63.0 per cent in 2009-10 (292,637)
  • There was no significant change in the percentage of women having a spontaneous delivery with an episiotomy from 2009-10 to 2010-11, with the rate being 8.2 per cent (33,719) in 2010-11 and 8.3 per cent (33,073 in 2009-10)
  • The caesarean percentage has remained stable at 24.8 per cent (162,512) in 2010-11 and 24.8 per cent (157,356) in 2009-10.


Date Range: 01 April 2010 to 31 March 2011
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, Hospital Trusts

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