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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics, England - November and December 2017, Experimental statisticsExperimental statistics
- Publication Date:
- 29 Mar 2018
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- NHS Trusts, Regions
- Date Range:
- 01 Nov 2017 to 31 Dec 2017
Published: 29 March 2018 - These reports on NHS-funded maternity services in England for November and December 2017 use 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.
Data for two months are published at the same time as the data submission deadline was brought forward by one month with effect from the December 2017 submission. The time from receipt of data to publication has also been reduced.
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.
For each of November and December 2017, the following analysis files are published within the zip file 'Additional experimental analysis using MSDS data' for the relevant month due to low data quality and completeness:
- Delivery method by previous births
- Delivery method by Robson group
- Smoking status at delivery (for births one month earlier)
- Postpartum haemorrhage and other maternal critical incidents (for births one month earlier)
- Antenatal pathway level
- Births without intervention.
Each zip 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.
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.
These reports contain key information based on the submissions that have been made by providers and will focus on data relating to activity that occurred in November and December 2017.
- 128 providers successfully submitted November 2017 data, and 123 providers successfully submitted December 2017 data. Of the 132 providers submitting data in HES for 2016-17 eligible to submit to the MSDS, 5 providers did not submit data in November, and 10 did not submit data in December. We are working closely with providers who did not respond and expect coverage and data quality to increase over time.
- 117 of the providers that submitted in November and 115 of the providers that submitted in December submitted birth data.
- Among women that had a booking appointment in November 2017, 57 per cent were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
- Among women that had a booking appointment in December 2017, 56 per cent were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
- Of the births in November 2017 that had a recorded delivery method, 57 per cent were spontaneous vaginal births, 11 per cent had instrumental assistance, 14 per cent were elective caesarean sections and 16 per cent were emergency caesarean sections.
- Of the births in December 2017 that had a recorded delivery method, 57 per cent were spontaneous vaginal births, 11 per cent had instrumental assistance, 13 per cent were elective caesarean sections and 16 per cent were emergency caesarean sections.
- Among women that gave birth in November or December 2017 at 37 weeks gestation or later, 80 per cent had skin-to-skin contact with their baby within one hour of birth.
- 75 per cent of babies born in November or December 2017 received maternal or donor breast milk as their first feed.