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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics October 2020, experimental statistics

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01 Oct 2020 to 31 Oct 2020


Maternity Services Monthly Statistics October 2020, experimental statistics

This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for October 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 key policy initiatives such as personalised care plans and continuity of carer, 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. We have included data on smoking at booking and birth weight and others such as BMI and alcohol consumption will follow in later publications. SNOMED data is also included in some of the published Clinical Quality Improvement Metrics (CQIMs) where rules have been applied to ensure rates are calculated only where data quality is high enough. 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

Image for infographic 125 successful submissions
125 successful submissions

For October 2020 data, 125 providers successfully submitted data with 110 submitting data on births.

Image for infographic 57,420 bookings in October 2020
57,420 bookings in October 2020

57,420 women with an antenatal booking appointment were reported in the period, of which 63% were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

Image for infographic 41,465 births reported
41,465 births reported

We received data relating to 40,890 deliveries of 41,465 babies.

External data sources suggest there are around 53,000 births each month.

Image for infographic 51% of deliveries were spontaneous
51% of deliveries were spontaneous

51% of deliveries were spontaneous vaginal births, 12% had instrumental assistance, 13% were elective caesarean sections and 17% were emergency caesarean sections.

Administrative Sources

Maternity Services Data Set


Last edited: 11 March 2021 3:11 pm