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Statistics reveal England’s low breastfeeding rates

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.

Read the RCM’s commentary here

View the PHE statistics here

Read the NCT’s response to the statistics here


Social media, SRE and sensible drinking: understanding the dramatic decline in teenage pregnancy.

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

Download the full report here

Smoking at the time of delivery: Q4 and annual update

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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.

National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network – update

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.


Maternity services survey 2017

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The Care Quality Commission has published the results from the Maternity services survey 2017.  The results show that women are reporting a more positive experience of maternity care and treatment and highlights improvements in areas such as choice of where to give birth, quality of information and access to help and support after giving birth, when compared to the results from previous years’ surveys.

Compared with the last survey in 2015 a greater proportion of women said that they:

  • were offered the choice of giving birth in a midwife-led unit or birth centre
  • saw the same midwife at every antenatal appointment
  • were ‘always’ treated with dignity and respect during labour and birth
  • were never left alone during the birth of their baby at a time when it worried them
  • could ‘always’ get help from a member of staff within a reasonable time while in hospital after the birth

Read the full report here