(Update January 2016) Please note, a correction has been made to the 'Reporting Definitions' tab of the NHS Maternity Statistics Tables and Table B of the PLA; the definition of parity has been updated, the definition of singletons has been added. Table B of the PLA has been updated to correct the figures for Gestation length at delivery at 41-43 weeks and 44 or over.
This is a report on deliveries in English NHS hospitals. This annual publication covers the financial year ending March 2015.
The data are taken from the Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) data warehouse. HES contains records of all admissions, appointments and attendances for patients admitted to NHS hospitals in England. The HES data used in this publication are called 'delivery episodes'. This publication shows the number of delivery episodes during the period, with a number of breakdowns including by the woman's age, delivery method and place of delivery.
The purpose of this publication is to inform and support strategic and policy-led processes for the benefit of patient care. This document will also be of interest to researchers, journalists and members of the public interested in NHS hospital activity in England.