This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for July 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 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' due to low data quality and completeness:
• Delivery method by previous births for births in July 2017
• Delivery method by Robson group for births in July 2017
• Smoking status at delivery for births in June 2017
• Postpartum haemorrhage and other maternal critical incidents for births in June 2017
• Antenatal pathway level for bookings in July 2017
• Births without intervention in July 2017
This file also includes a spreadsheet bringing together counts relating to 11 of the 14 Clinical Quality Improvement Metrics that form part of NHS England's Maternity Transformation Programme.
UPDATE 21 December 2017: The Antenatal pathway level file within the 'Additional experimental analysis using MSDS data' zip file has been corrected for this publication. The correction relates to the data quality information in Table 2 of this file only.
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.