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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics, August 2021, experimental statistics

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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics, August 2021, experimental statistics


Maternity Services Monthly Statistics August 2021, experimental statistics

This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for August 2021, 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 key policy initiatives such as personalised care plans and continuity of carer, 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. We have included data on smoking at booking and birth weight and others such as BMI and alcohol consumption will follow in later publications. SNOMED data is also included in some of the published Clinical Quality Improvement Metrics (CQIMs) where rules have been applied to ensure rates are calculated only where data quality is high enough. 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.

This month, data quality measures to validate the data used for the measures counting the number of women receiving Continuity of Carer support and counting the number of women with Personalised Care and Support Plans have been included for the first time and can be found in the measures file available for download. Information on the construction of these new data quality tests and how they have been applied to the existing Continuity of Carer and Personalised Care Plan measures can be found in the metadata file available for download. Similar changes were already implemented for the measure counting the number of women placed on a Continuity of Carer pathway by 29 weeks gestation in the June 2021 publication.

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.

121 successful submissions

For August 2021 data, 121 providers successfully submitted data with 121 submitting data on births.

This is all expected from NHS trusts

50,945 bookings in August 2021

50,945 women with an antenatal booking appointment were reported in the period, of which 59% were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

Of the trusts that submitted booking data, there were 29,925 bookings in which the babies' gestational age was in the 0-70 days range.

47,195 births reported

We received data relating to 46,575 deliveries of 47,195 babies. External data sources suggest there are around 53,000 births each month.

NHS Maternity Statistics, England 2018-2019 (NHS Digital)

Births in England and Wales: 2019 (Office for National Statistics)

54% of deliveries were spontaneous

54% of deliveries were spontaneous vaginal births, 11% had instrumental assistance, 13% were elective caesarean sections and 17% were emergency caesarean sections.

Administrative Sources

Maternity Services Data Set

Last edited: 24 November 2021 1:57 pm