This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for February 2017, 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.
- Of the births that had a recorded delivery method, 60 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 London Commissioning Region (17 per cent), and was 14 per cent for all other Commissioning Regions.
- Among women 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 women that had skin-to-skin contact within one hour was highest in the London Commissioning Region (84 per cent) and lowest in the North of England Commissioning Region (76 per cent).
- 75 per cent of babies received maternal or donor breast milk as their first feed
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