Notes for editors
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) collects information on births and maternities (maternities are equivalent to deliveries in HES). Most of the information, for both live births and stillbirths, is supplied to registrars by one or both parents. As it is a legal requirement to register all births, the ONS is the official source of delivery and birth counts and should be used for this in preference to HES and MSDS maternity data held by NHS Digital. The HES and MSDS maternity data held by NHS Digital provide additional information around pregnancies, deliveries, births, and babies, including information about the mother, her care throughout pregnancy, the mode of her delivery and her treatment during it, and activity after birth including baby’s first feed and the timing of skin-to-skin contact. Statistics published in this report using maternity data from HES are classified as Official Statistics reflecting its status as an established data source, those using data from MSDS are classified as Experimental Statistics as these are new official statistics undergoing evaluation.
Last edited: 23 November 2021 4:44 pm