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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics, December 2021, experimental statistics

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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics, December 2021, experimental statistics


Maternity Services Monthly Statistics December 2021, experimental statistics

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

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

121 successful submissions

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

This is all expected from NHS trusts

53,550 bookings in December 2021

53,550 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 31,845 bookings in which the babies' gestational age was in the 0-70 days range.

45,355 births reported

We received data relating to 44,710 deliveries of 45,355 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)

51% of deliveries were spontaneous

51% of deliveries were spontaneous vaginal births, 11% had instrumental assistance, 16% were elective caesarean sections and 19% were emergency caesarean sections.

Administrative Sources

Maternity Services Data Set

Last edited: 31 March 2022 9:34 am