The latest annual report outlining maternity activity in English NHS hospitals during 2021-22 has been published by NHS Digital today.
NHS Maternity Statistics, England, 2021-22 brings together information from the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) database1 on hospital care received before, during and after delivery and the Maternity Services Dataset (MSDS).
The report includes national tables using HES data2 to show:
- Method of onset of labour
- Delivery complications
- Birth complications
Each of these tables includes further breakdowns such as gestation length, duration of hospital stay and birth status.
The report also includes data from the MSDS about the mother and baby, collected at the mother’s initial booking appointment and at the labour and delivery. MSDS includes some information also available in HES, but includes additional information on:
- Mother’s smoking status at booking
- Mother’s circumstances (social and medical factors)
- Gestational age at booking and delivery
- Location of delivery
- Baby’s weight, health, and after birth activity
The information from HES and MSDS can be broken down by various demographics, such as age of mother, ethnicity and deprivation.
Read the full report
NHS Maternity Statistics, England, 2021-22