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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics, England - January 2018, Experimental statistics

Official statistics, Experimental statistics


Published: 26 April 2018 - This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for January 2018, 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 and 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.

The following analysis files are published within the zip file 'Additional experimental analysis using MSDS data' for the relevant month due to low data quality and completeness:

• Delivery method by previous births

• Delivery method by Robson group

• Smoking status at delivery (for births one month earlier)

• Postpartum haemorrhage and other maternal critical incidents (for births one month earlier)

• Antenatal pathway level

• Births without intervention.

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

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 January 2018.

• For January 2018 data, 129 providers successfully submitted data for the MSDS. Of the 132 providers submitting data in HES for 2016-17 eligible to submit to the MSDS in January 2018, 4 providers did not submit data. We are working closely with providers who did not respond and expect coverage and data quality to increase over time.

• 125 of these providers submitted birth data relating to babies born in January 2018.

• Among women that had a booking appointment in January 2018, 51 per cent were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. This varied across regions with the highest proportion (55 per cent) of women having appointments in the first 10 weeks in the North of England Commissioning Region and the lowest proportion (40 per cent) in the London Region.

• Of the births that had a recorded delivery method, 59 per cent were spontaneous vaginal births, 10 per cent had instrumental assistance, 13 per cent were elective caesarean sections and 16 per cent were emergency caesarean sections. The proportion of births by emergency caesarean was 18 per cent in the London Commissioning Region and 15 per cent in all other commissioning regions.

• Among women that gave birth at 37 weeks gestation or later, 81 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 South of England Commissioning Region (83 per cent) and lowest in the London Commissioning Region (78 per cent).

• 75 per cent of babies received maternal or donor breast milk as their first feed.

Administrative Sources

Maternity Services Data Set

Last edited: 16 September 2021 9:29 am