This is a report on deliveries in English NHS hospitals. This annual publication covers the financial year ending March 2017. For the first time the publication includes data from both the Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) data warehouse and the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS).
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'. The MSDS collects records of each stage of the maternity service care pathway in NHS-funded maternity services, and includes information not recorded in HES. The MSDS is a maturing, national-level dataset which has been impacted in terms of non-response from providers as they work towards establishing their reporting flows. In 2016-17 MSDS reported 55.9 per cent of the number of deliveries reported in HES based on data submitted by 111 maternity providers. Therefore, caution should be taken when interpreting the data at geographies above reporting organisation level and figures derived from the MSDS data are presented in terms of 'all providers who submitted data to the MSDS' instead of England total figures for 2016-17
This publication shows the number of HES delivery episodes during the period, with a number of breakdowns including by method of onset of labour, delivery method and place of delivery. It also shows the number of MSDS deliveries recorded during the period, with breakdowns including the baby's first feed type and the smoking status of women in early pregnancy.
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.