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Publication, Part of

NHS Maternity Statistics - England, 2009-2010

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, Hospital Trusts, Government Office Regions, Primary Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Country, NHS Trusts, Care Trusts, Independent Sector Health Care Providers
Date Range:
01 Apr 2009 to 31 Mar 2010


Note: (10/12/2010) The Health and Social Care Information Centre initially published the Provider Level Analysis spreadsheet on 18/11/2010. Due to the suppression of small numbers it wasn't possible to calculate method of onset or delivery rates for all providers. Additional information has been added to tables C and D of the Provider Level Analysis allowing estimated rates to be presented.

Maternity data
The publication includes details of all deliveries taking place in NHS hospitals (in England) excluding home births and those taking place in independent sector hospitals. This includes a wide range of information such as details of how the baby was born (method of delivery), complications, birth weight and gestation.

Data for 2009-10
A number of revisions have been made to the size and the presentation of the 2009-10 NHS Maternity Statistics publication. These revisions are intended to bring the publication in line with the National Statistics code of practice and highlight data quality issues to stimulate improvement in the quality of HES maternity data submitted by NHS organisations.

For further details on the changes to the table numbers and locations see Appendix A of the maternity explanatory notes.

The 2009-10 NHS Maternity Statistics publication will include two downloadable excel files;

NHS Maternity Statistics, 2009-10
33 tables and 3 graphs are now available in one excel workbook which includes data on the following;

  • Place of delivery
  • Person conducting delivery
  • Anaesthetics
  • Method of onset and method of delivery
  • Episiotomy Antenatal/postnatal stay
  • Complications
  • Gestation
  • Birth weight
  • Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy

Provider level analysis, 2009-10
The purpose of the provider level analysis is to contribute to the improvement of both the quality and coverage of maternity data submitted to HES. It is hoped this will stimulate discussion and ultimately contribute to enhancements in patient care.

The provider level analysis provides information at National, strategic health authority, hospital provider and site level (where submitted) relating to:

  • Gestation period in weeks at first antenatal assessment date
  • Gestation length at delivery
  • Method of onset of labour
  • Method of delivery
  • Person conducting delivery
  • Place of delivery
  • Selected maternity statistics
  • Spontaneous deliveries with episiotomy
  • Caesarean with postnatal stay 0-3 days
  • Total caesarean with anaesthetics
  • Unassisted deliveries

Please note that an additional data quality note relating to gestation length at delivery was added on 08/01/2014.

Key Facts

  • The number of deliveries in NHS hospitals dipped slightly in the past year, a decrease of 261 deliveries from 652,638 in 2008-09 to 652,377 in 2009-10
  • 63.0 per cent (292,637) of women had their first antenatal assessment within the first completed 12 weeks of pregnancy. This compares to 58.3 per cent in 2008-09 (227,773)
  • There was no change in the percentage of women having a spontaneous delivery with an episiotomy from 2008-09 to 2009-10, which has remained at 8.3 per cent (33,073 in 2009-10 and 32,834 in 2008-09)
  • The caesarean percentage has remained relatively stable at 24.8 per cent (157,356) in 2009-10 compared to 24.6 per cent (154,814) in 2008-09.


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