Maternity Services Monthly Statistics - March 2020, experimental statisticsExperimental statistics
- Publication Date:
- 25 Jun 2020
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- Country, Regions, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities, Hospital Trusts
- Date Range:
- 01 Mar 2020 to 31 Mar 2020
Maternity Services Monthly Statistics March 2020, experimental statistics
This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for March 2020, using data submitted to the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS).
This is the latest report from the new version of the data set, MSDSv2. The new data set is a significant change which adds support for new policy initiatives such as personalised and continuous care plans as well as increased flexibility through the introduction of new clinical coding. This is a major change so data quality and coverage has reduced from the levels seen in previous publications.
The data derived from SNOMED codes is still being developed, so data items such as BMI and smoking at booking for this month will be released in due course. Other items may not be available for some or all trusts due to the range of data submitted. System suppliers are at different stages of developing their new solution and delivering that to trusts. In some cases this has limited the aspects of data that could be submitted to NHS Digital.
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.
For March 2020, 130 providers successfully submitted data with 104 submitting data on births.
57,820 women with an antenatal booking appointment were reported in the period, of which 58% per cent were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
We received data relating to 35,250 deliveries of 35,725 babies. External data sources suggest there are around 55,000 births each month.
55% of deliveries were spontaneous vaginal births, 11% per cent had instrumental assistance, 13% per cent were elective caesarian sections and 16% per cent were emergency caesarian sections.