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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics April 2019, experimental statistics

Official statistics, Experimental statistics

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Antenatal booking appointments


Antenatal booking appointments

Gestational age at booking appointment

At the booking appointment the woman will be given information relating to the baby's development stages, nutrition and screening tests available. NICE recommends that this appointment should ideally take place before 10 weeks' gestation.

55% of booking appointments were at or before before 10 weeks' gestation.

Booking after more than 20 weeks of pregnancy accounted for eight per cent of booking appointments.

Complex social factors

23% of women attending a booking appointment had complex social factors recorded

Women with complex social factors may need additional support to use antenatal care services. 12,835 women attending a booking appointment had complex social factors recorded and 34,455 had a recording of "no complex social factors". The remaining women did not have a complex social factor value recorded. 

Continuity of carer

The provision of care by a known midwife throughout the pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal period can be associated with improved health outcomes for the mother and baby, and also greater satisfaction levels.

When a Continuity of Carer pathway has been agreed, this should be recorded and submitted via the MSDS.

19 trusts have reported that Continuity of Carer plans are in place for a total of 3,370 women.

Personalised care

The NHS Long Term Plan and the accompanying guidance, Universal Personalised Care, made commitments to delivering choice and personalisation in maternity services, complimenting the recommendations in the national maternity review, Better Births

When a Personalised Care and Support Plan (PCSP) has been agreed, this should be recorded and submitted.

26 trusts have reported that PCSPs are in place for a total of 14,660 women.



Last edited: 25 September 2019 4:56 pm