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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics October 2019, experimental statistics

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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics October 2019, experimental statistics


Maternity Services Monthly Statistics October 2019, experimental statistics

This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for October 2019, 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.

Key Facts

130 successful submissions

For October 2019 data, 130 providers successfully submitted data with 96 submitting data on births.  

This is all expected NHS trusts

59,370 bookings in October 2019

59,370 women with an antenatal booking appointment were reported in the period, of which 59% per cent were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

Of trusts that submitted booking data, there were 34,880 bookings in which the babies' gestational age was in the 0-70 days range.

34,055 births reported

We received data relating to 33,585 deliveries of 34,055 babies. External data sources suggest there are around 55,000 births each month.

NHS Maternity Statistics, England 2018-2019 (NHS Digital)

Births in England and Wales: 2018 (Office for National Statistics)

56% of deliveries were spontaneous

56% of deliveries were spontaneous vaginal births, 10% per cent had instrumental assistance, 13% per cent were elective caesarian sections and 16% per cent were emergency caesarian sections.                                                

Administrative Sources

Maternity Services Data Set

Last edited: 24 April 2020 9:50 am