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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics April 2020, experimental statisticsExperimental statistics
- Publication Date:
- 30 Jul 2020
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- Country, Regions, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities, Hospital Trusts
- Date Range:
- 01 Apr 2020 to 30 Apr 2020
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.
Booking after more than 20 weeks of pregnancy accounted for 6% per cent of booking appointments.
Complex social factors
Please note that there is a known data quality issue this month, where some trusts reported "yes" for 100% of their records. Please see our data quality statement for more information.
Women with complex social factors may need additional support to use antenatal care services. 9,355 women attending a booking appointment had complex social factors recorded and 41,235 had a recording of no complex social factors. The remaining women did not have a complex social factor 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.
57 trusts have reported that Continuity of Carer pathways are in place for a total of 15,085 women. This is 5 more trusts than in the previous month.
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.
54 trusts have reported that PCSPs are in place for a total of 18,965 women. This is 6 more trusts than in the previous month.