The latest annual report outlining maternity activity in English NHS hospitals during 2020-21 has been published by NHS Digital today.
NHS Maternity Statistics, England, 2020-21 brings together detailed information from the Maternity Services Dataset (MSDS) on activity carried out by Maternity Services relating to a mother and baby(s) and the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) database1 on hospital care received before, during and after delivery.
The report includes detailed tables at national level for HES data on:
- Method of onset of labour
- Method of delivery
- Age of mother
- Delivery complications
- Birth complications
Each of these tables is further broken down by additional dimensions such as gestation length, duration of hospital stay and birth status.
The report provides information from the MSDS on a range of measures reported at a mother’s booking appointment, as well as information on the labour and delivery along with babies’ demographics, diagnoses, and screening tests.
MSDS data is classed as experimental statistics. Therefore, any figures from this dataset should be treated with caution, but it can provide useful information from the subset of women whose data it includes.
Read the full report
NHS Maternity Statistics, England, 2020-21