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

Experimental statistics
Publication Date:
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Geographical Granularity:
NHS Trusts, Regions
Date Range:
01 Mar 2017 to 31 Mar 2017


This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for March 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.

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 March 2017.

  • For March 2017 data, 132 providers successfully submitted data for the MSDS. This includes 130 of the 133 providers submitting data in HES for 2015-16 eligible to submit to the MSDS in March 2017. We are working closely with providers who did not respond and expect coverage and data quality to increase over time.
  • 108 of these providers submitted birth data relating to babies born in March 2017.
  • Among women that had a booking appointment in March 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, 59 per cent were spontaneous vaginal births, 11 per cent had instrumental assistance, 13 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 (18 per cent) and lowest in the North of England and the Midlands and East of England Commissioning Regions (14 per cent)
  • 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 London Commissioning Region (85 per cent) and lowest in the North of England Commissioning Region (76 per cent).
  • 74 per cent of babies received maternal or donor breast milk as their first feed. 


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