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NHS Maternity Statistics, England 2019-20

Official statistics
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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 2019 to 31 Mar 2020

Deliveries in 2019-20

Anaesthetic or analgesic use

Anaesthetic or analgesic maybe administered during labour to provide pain relief during labour.

Download the data for this chart Proportion of deliveries with anaesthetic or analgesic use before or during delivery by age group, 2009-10 and 2019-20. Source: HES

Overall the proportion of deliveries where an anaesthetic or analgesic was administered before or during delivery has decreased from 65 per cent in 2009-10 to 60 per cent of deliveries in 2019-20. Anaesthetic was administered in 56 per cent of deliveries for women aged under 20, compared to 65 per cent aged 40 years and over in 2019-20.

Method of delivery & age of mother

The final method of delivery may differ to that which occurs at the onset of labour.

Download the data for this chart Proportion of deliveries by method of delivery and age of mother, 2019-20. Source: HES

The most common method of delivery is spontaneous for all age groups, with the exception of 40 years and over. Proportion of caesarean deliveries increase with age group and accounts for 47 per cent of deliveries to those women aged 40 and over.

Delivery complications

Labour is usually a straightforward process but sometimes complications arise that may need attention.

Download the data for this chart Most prevalent delivery complications, 2019-20. Source: HES

In 2019-20 the most prevalent delivery complications were ‘Perineal laceration during delivery’ which occurred in 41 per cent of deliveries and ‘Labour and delivery complicated by fetal stress [distress]’ which occurred in 26 per cent of deliveries.

Method of delivery & postnatal stay

The duration that women spend in hospital following delivery varies by the method of delivery.

Download the data for this chart Percentage of deliveries by method of delivery and duration of postnatal stay, 2019-10. Source: HES

In 2019-20, 77 per cent of women who had a spontaneous method of delivery were discharged either the same day or the next day after delivery. This compares to 52 per cent for instrumental and 38 per cent for caesarean methods of delivery.

Last edited: 26 October 2020 10:46 am