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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics December 2019, experimental statistics

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Country, Regions, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities, Hospital Trusts
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01 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2019


Maternity Services Monthly Statistics December 2019, experimental statistics

This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for December 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. 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 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 130 successful submissions
130 successful submissions

For December 2019 data, 130 providers successfully submitted data with 102 submitting data on births.

Image for infographic 51,805 bookings in December 2019
51,805 bookings in December 2019

51,805 women with an antenatal booking appointment were reported in the period, of which 59% per cent were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

Image for infographic 34,145 births reported
34,145 births reported

We received data relating to 33,685 deliveries of 34,145 babies. External data sources suggest there are around 55,000 births each month.

Image for infographic 57% of deliveries were spontaneous
57% of deliveries were spontaneous

57% of 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.


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