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Publication, Part of

Maternity Services Monthly Statistics - July 2021, experimental statistics

Official statistics, Experimental statistics

Current Chapter

Antenatal booking appointments

Measures file

Please note that the following measures have been reissued following an update to their methodology. It was found that a small volume of data for some providers was included in the numerator where it should have been excluded. The impact of this is a small reduction in the rate for the affected providers:

  • PCSP_All_Pathways and supporting data quality measure: PCSP_DQ04
  • CQIMSmokingDelivery and supporting data quality measures: CQIMDQ06 and CQIMDQ07

10 December 2021 09:30 AM

Antenatal booking appointments

Gestational age at booking appointment

At the booking appointment, the woman will be given information relating to the baby's development stages, nutrition and screening tests available.
NICE recommends that this appointment should ideally take place before 10 weeks' gestation.

62% of booking appointments were at or before 10 weeks' gestation.

Booking after more than 20 weeks of pregnancy accounted for 8% per cent of booking appointments.

Smoking Status of Women at booking appointment

Smoking during pregnancy, or living with someone who smokes, can affect the baby both before and after birth.

At the time of their booking appointment, 12% of women with a recorded smoking status were smokers, and 88% were non-smokers.

Of all women 52% had a recorded smoking status.

Complex social factors

12% of women attending a booking appointment had complex social factors recorded

Women with complex social factors may need additional support to use antenatal care services. 6,370 women attending a booking appointment had complex social factors recorded and 42,185 had a recording of no complex social factors. The remaining women did not have a complex social factor recorded.

Personalised care

The NHS Long Term Plan and the accompanying guidance, Universal Personalised Care, made commitments to delivering choice and personalisation in maternity services, complimenting the recommendations in the national maternity review, Better Births

When a Personalised Care and Support Plan (PCSP) has been agreed, this should be recorded and submitted.

114 trusts have reported that PCSPs are in place for a total of 74,935 women. This is 2 less trusts than last month.

Last edited: 9 December 2021 11:26 am