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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics, England - July 2016, Experimental statistics

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Country, Regions, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities, Hospital Trusts, Provider, Clinical Commissioning Regions, NHS Trusts
Date Range:
01 Jul 2016 to 31 Jul 2016


This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for July 2016, using data submitted to the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS).
The MSDS is a patient-level data set that captures key information at each stage of the maternity service care pathway in NHS-funded maternity services, such as those maternity services provided by GP practices and hospitals. The data collected includes mother's demographics, booking appointments, admissions and re-admissions, screening tests, labour and delivery along with baby's demographics, diagnoses and screening tests.
The MSDS has been developed to help achieve better outcomes of care for mothers, babies and children. As a 'secondary uses' data set, it re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care, such as commissioning, clinical audit, research, service planning and performance management at both local and national level. It will provide comparative, mother and child-centric data that will be used to improve clinical quality and service efficiency, and to commission services in a way that improves health and reduces inequalities.
These statistics are classified as experimental and should be used with caution. Experimental statistics are new official statistics undergoing evaluation. They are published in order to involve users and stakeholders in their development and as a means to build in quality at an early stage. 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 July 2016.
· For July 2016 data, 100 providers successfully submitted data for the MSDS. This compares with 135 providers submitting data in HES for 2015-16. We are working closely with providers who did not respond and expect coverage and data quality to increase over time.
· 81 of these providers submitted birth data relating to babies born in July 2016.
· Among women that had a booking appointment in July 2016, 51 per cent were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. This varied across regions with the highest proportion (56 per cent) of women having appointments in the first 10 weeks in the North of England Commissioning Region and  the lowest proportion (42 per cent) in the London Commissioning Region.
· Where the woman's height and weight were recorded at the booking appointment, 20 per cent were obese (with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30), and 7 per cent were underweight (BMI less than 18.5).
· At the time of their booking appointment, 12 per cent of women with a recorded smoking status were smokers, and 79 per cent were non-smokers. The remaining 9 per cent were recorded as 'Unknown'.
· 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 caesareans and 15 per cent were emergency caesareans. The proportion of births by emergency caesarean was highest in the London Commissioning Region (16 per cent) and lowest in the South of England Commissioning Region (12 per cent).
· Among term babies born in July 2016 (at 37 weeks gestation or later), 1 per cent of those with an Apgar score at 5 minutes after birth recorded had a score below seven.
· Among mothers 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 mothers that had skin-to-skin contact within one hour was highest in the South of England Commissioning Region (84 per cent) and lowest in the London Commissioning Region (76 per cent).

The MSDS and HES Comparison Analysis presents further analysis of data submitted for the reporting periods April 2016 to June 2016 from the Maternity Services Dataset (MSDS) and Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data for the same period.

· For the MSDS there were 78 organisations with birth data in April, 80 in May and 81 in June. This compares with 136 organisations with delivery data in April, 135 in May and 136 in June in HES.

· The MSDS reported approximately 50 per cent fewer deliveries than reported in HES over the three months.

Administrative Sources

Maternity Services Data Set


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