This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for April 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.
In previous months we have published some new analysis on our supplementary information page because of low data quality and completeness. Starting from the April 2017 publication, these analysis files are published here within the zip file 'Additional experimental analysis using MSDS data' to make them more accessible to users.
The zip file below includes:
- Delivery method by previous births for births in April 2017
- Delivery method by Robson group for births in April 2017
- Smoking status at delivery for births in March 2017
- Postpartum haemorrhage and other maternal critical incidents for births in March 2017
- Antenatal pathway level for bookings in April 2017
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.