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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics, England - February 2017, Experimental statistics

Official statistics, Experimental statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Regions, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities, Hospital Trusts, Provider, Clinical Commissioning Regions, NHS Trusts
Date Range:
01 Feb 2017 to 28 Feb 2017


This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for February 2017, using data submitted to the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS). The MSDS has been developed to help achieve better outcomes of care for mothers, babies and children.

The MSDS is a patient-level 'secondary uses' data set that re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care, such as commissioning, clinical audit. It captures key information at each stage of the maternity service care pathway in NHS-funded maternity services, such as those provided by GP practices and hospitals. The data collected include mother's demographics, booking appointments, admissions and re-admissions, screening tests, labour and delivery along with baby's demographics, diagnoses and screening tests.

As part of this month's publication we are also publishing additional Excel spreadsheets presenting analysis of smoking status at delivery and maternal critical incidents including post-partum haemorrhage for births recorded in January 2017. The analysis of smoking status at delivery includes comparison of data from October - December 2016 with the quarterly Smoking at Time of Delivery (SATOD) collection data for the same period.

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.

Correction: on 7 July 2017, the "Postpartum haemorrhage and other maternal critical incidents" file was replaced. This was due to a minor error in the descriptive text in the "key facts" tab. Two different numbers were given for the same "between 1,000ml and 1,499ml" measure; one of these should have said "between 500ml and 999ml". The data tables are unaffected.


This report contains key information based on the submissions that have been made by providers and will focus on data relating to activity that occurred in February 2017.

  • For February 2017 data, 130 providers successfully submitted data for the MSDS. This includes 128 of the 133 providers submitting data in HES for 2015-16 eligible to submit to the MSDS in February 2017. We are working closely with providers who did not respond and expect coverage and data quality to increase over time.
  • 102 of these providers submitted birth data relating to babies born in February 2017.
  • Among women that had a booking appointment in February 2017, 53 per cent were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. This varied across regions with the highest proportion (58 per cent) of women having appointments in the first 10 weeks in the North of England Commissioning Region and the lowest proportion (38 per cent) in the London Commissioning Region.
  • Of the births that had a recorded delivery method, 60 per cent were spontaneous vaginal births, 11 per cent had instrumental assistance, 12 per cent were elective caesarean sections and 15 per cent were emergency caesarean sections. The proportion of births by emergency caesarean was highest in the London Commissioning Region (17 per cent), and was 14 per cent for all other Commissioning Regions.
  • Among women that gave birth at 37 weeks gestation or later, 80 per cent had skin-to-skin contact with their baby within one hour of birth. The percentage of women that had skin-to-skin contact within one hour was highest in the London Commissioning Region (84 per cent) and lowest in the North of England Commissioning Region (76 per cent).
  • 75 per cent of babies received maternal or donor breast milk as their first feed.


Administrative Sources

Maternity Services Data Set


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Last edited: 11 April 2018 4:26 pm