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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics April 2019, experimental statistics

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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics April 2019, experimental statistics


This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for April 2019, using data submitted to the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS).

This is the first report from the new version of the data set, MSDSv2. The new data set is a significant change which adds support for new policy initiatives such as personalised and continuous care plans as well as increased flexibility through the introduction of new clinical coding. As this is a major change it is expected that data quality and coverage will reduce from the levels seen in previous publications whilst the collection becomes more established.

The data derived from SNOMED codes is still being developed, so data items such as BMI and smoking at booking for this month will be released in due course. Other items may not be available for some or all trusts due to the range of data submitted. System suppliers are at different stages of developing their new solution and delivering that to trusts. In some cases this has limited the aspects of data that could be submitted to NHS Digital.

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

Please note: on 26 September  2019, we added a data quality CSV file.  We hope this adds to the value of this publication for you. We plan to add more content in due course, and will describe that here as it comes online. These include the derivations described above. 

130 successful submissions

For April 2019 data, 130 providers successfully submitted data with 82 submitting data on births.

This is all NHS trusts, with one independent provider not submitting.

54,680 bookings in April 2019

54,680 women with an antenatal booking appointment were reported in the period, of which 55 per cent were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

Of trusts that submitted booking data, there were 30,540 bookings in which the babies' gestational age was in the 0-70 days range.

27,075 births reported

We received data relating to 26,695 deliveries of 27,075 babies.   External data sources suggest there are around 55,000 births each month.

We reported on around 48,000 babies in March 2019. The temporary reduction  is due to the change to the new version of the data set.

NHS Maternity Statistics, England 2017-18 (NHS Digital)

Births in England and Wales: 2018 (Office for National Statistics)

Maternity Services Monthly Statistics: March 2019


57% of deliveries were spontaneous

57 per cent of reported deliveries were spontaneous vaginal births, 10 per cent had instrumental assistance, 12 per cent were elective caesarean sections and 16 per cent were emergency caesarean sections.

Administrative Sources

Maternity Services Data Set

Last edited: 25 September 2019 4:56 pm