Maternity Services Monthly Statistics, England – October 2016, Experimental statistics

This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for October 2016, using data submitted to the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS). The MSDS has been developed to help achieve better outcomes of care for mothers, babies and children


  • 106 providers successfully submitted October data for the MSDS. This compares with 134 providers submitting data in HES for 2015-16. We are working closely with providers who did not respond and expect coverage and data quality to increase over time.

  • 84 of these providers submitted birth data relating to babies born in October 2016.

  • Among women that had a booking appointment in October 2016, 53 per cent were within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. This varied across regions with the highest proportion (59 per cent) of women having appointments in the first 10 weeks in the North of England Commissioning Region and the lowest proportion (37 per cent) in the London Commissioning Region.

  • Of the births that had a recorded delivery method, 59 per cent were spontaneous vaginal births, 11 per cent had instrumental assistance, 12 per cent were elective caesarean sections and 15 per cent were emergency caesarean sections. The proportion of births by emergency caesarean was highest in the Midlands and East of England and the London Commissioning Regions (16 per cent) and lowest in the South of England Commissioning Region (13 per cent).

  • Among mothers that gave birth at 37 weeks gestation or later, 80 per cent had skin-to-skin contact with their baby within one hour of birth. The percentage of mothers that had skin-to-skin contact within one hour was highest in the Midlands and East of England Commissioning Region (82 per cent) and lowest in the London Commissioning Region (78 per cent).

  • 74 per cent of babies received maternal or donor breast milk as their first feed.

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