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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics August 2019, experimental statistics

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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics August 2019, experimental statistics


Maternity Services Monthly Statistics August 2019, experimental statistics

This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for August 2019, using data submitted to the Maternity 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. 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

Update 02/12/2019:

Please note that the headline figure for the number of antenatal bookings has been corrected from 54,535 to 54,210 since original publication.

This error affected only the headline figure on the main publication page. None of the data files were affected.

130 successful submissions

For August 2019 data, 130 providers successfully submitted data with 92 submitting data on births.

This is all expected NHS trusts

54,210 bookings in August 2019

54,210 women with an antenatal booking appointment were reported in the period, of which 57 per cent were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

Of trusts that submitted booking data, there were 31,065 bookings in which the babies' gestational age was in the 0-70 days range.

32,855 births reported

We received data relating to 32,400 deliveries of 32,855 babies. External data sources suggest there are around 51,000 births each month.

NHS Maternity Statistics, England 2018-19 (NHS Digital)

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

58% of deliveries were spontaneous

58 per cent of reported deliveries were spontaneous vaginal births, 11 per cent had instrumental assistance, 13 per cent were elective caesarian sections and 16 per cent were emergency caesarian sections.

Administrative Sources

Maternity Services Data Set

Last edited: 2 December 2019 11:45 am