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
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.
Data from the Office of National Statistics on infant deaths that have been linked to their corresponding birth record and birth notification for infants born in a given calendar year.
View the ONS report Child mortality in England and Wales – 2016 here
The Royal College of Midwives’ analysis of the data is available here
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.
Read the full report here