The Care Quality Commission has published the results from its Maternity services survey 2018. The survey of more than 17,000 women who gave birth in February 2018 looked at all aspects of maternity care. The results indicate many women had a good experience, particularly in relation to interactions with staff, access to midwives and emotional support during pregnancy. However, for some women the care they received fell short of expectations with issues highlighted around continuity of care, choice in antenatal and postnatal services and access to help, information and support after giving birth.
Also see the CQC press release
The Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS) sets out requirements for the collection and submission of operational and clinical data relating to each stage of the maternity care pathway. The data will be used, locally and nationally, to support commissioning, payment, planning, outcomes monitoring and addressing health inequalities. Version 2.0 of the standard is a significant change and brings the MSDS into line with the structures of other national data sets managed by NHS Digital.
To support the implementation of MSDS v2.0, there will be a number of webinars in January and February 2019. Other key documents are available, including user guidance.
The proportion of babies breastfed at six to eight weeks is the lowest in England for four years. The figures were published in Public Health England’s (PHE) annual experimental statistics on breastfeeding prevalence at six to eight weeks after birth.
The latest annual data covers the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018, and was submitted by local authorities on a voluntary basis.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has published Social media, SRE and sensible drinking: understanding the dramatic decline in teenage pregnancy. This report explores the factors which may have contributed to a sharp decline in teenage pregnancy rates.
“We believe that young people themselves are making different choices about the way they live their lives. If we can maintain good access to contraceptive services for young people, there is every reason to hope this profound decline in teenage pregnancies is here to stay”
Katherine O’Brien, Head of Policy Research at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service
The latest results and trends in women’s smoking status at time of delivery (SATOD) in England provide a measure of the prevalence of smoking among pregnant women at Commissioning Region, Region, Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) level. Smoking at the time of delivery: Q4 and annual update shows that the percentage of women recorded as smokers at the time of delivery is 10.8% both for Q4 and the year as a whole. There continue to be large differences between CCGs ranging from 1.6% in NHS Westminster to 26.0% in NHS Blackpool.
PHE has published the Child Health Profile pdfs which present data across key health indicators of child health and wellbeing. The profiles provide an annual snapshot of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England and sit alongside an interactive version which is available for both local authorities and CCGs. They are designed to help local organisations understand the health needs of their community and work in partnership to improve health in their local area. Annual updates were also published for a number of pregnancy and birth indicators. The breastfeeding indicators have now been updated, including demographic information about mothers, caesarean sections, admissions of babies under 14 days as well as information about admissions for gastroenteritis and respiratory tract infections.