The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has published Better Beginnings: improving health for pregnancy. This themed review brings together NIHR research on different aspects of health before, during and after pregnancy. It covers smoking, healthy diet and weight, alcohol and drugs, mental health, violence against women, and supporting families using multifaceted approaches. It is aimed at healthcare professionals working with women around the time of pregnancy as well as those with a wider interest in women’s and children’s health including commissioners.
Key Findings: 10.4 per cent of pregnant women were known to be smokers at the time of delivery. This compares to 10.2 per cent for the previous quarter (Q1, 2016/17).
•The proportion of pregnant women known to be smokers at the time of delivery has remained below the national ambition of 11 per cent or less since Q1, 2015/16.
For Q2, 2016/17:
•The CCGs with the lowest proportion of women known to be smokers at time of delivery were NHS West London (1.8 per cent), NHS Camden (2.1) and NHS Redbridge (2.4).
•The CCGs with the highest proportion were NHS Blackpool (31.0), NHS Hull (24.7) and NHS Swale (23.0).
•111 out of 209 CCGs met the national ambition of 11 per cent or less.