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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics April 2020, experimental statistics

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01 Apr 2020 to 30 Apr 2020


Maternity Services Monthly Statistics April 2020, experimental statistics

This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for April 2020, using data submitted to the Matermity Services Data Set (MSDS).

This is the latest 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. This is a major change so data quality and coverage has reduced from the levels seen in previous publications.

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 of the 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

Image for infographic 127 successful submissions
127 successful submissions

For April 2020 data, 127 providers successfully submitted data with 104 submitting data on births.

Image for infographic 58,995 bookings in April 2020
58,995 bookings in April 2020

58,995 women with an antenatal appointment were reported in the period, of which 62% were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

Image for infographic 35,120 births reported
35,120 births reported

We received data relating to 34,740 deliveries of 35,120 babies.

External data sources suggest there are around 55,000 births each month.

Image for infographic 55% of deliveries were spontaneous
55% of deliveries were spontaneous

55% of deliveries were spontaneous vaginal births, 12% had instrumental assistance, 13% were elective caesarian sections and 16% were emergency caesarian sections.

Administrative Sources

Maternity Services Data Set


Last edited: 29 July 2020 8:18 am