Skip Navigation
Search site
The national provider of information, data and IT systems for health and social care
Can you help us improve the HSCIC site?
Please take this short survey.

NHS Maternity Statistics - England, 2011-2012

02:09 July 27, 2016 - 09:30 December 06, 2012
Publication date: December 06, 2012
Return to Find data


For the 2011-12 financial year, Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) has collected over 17 million records detailing episodes of admitted patient care delivered by NHS hospitals in England. These records include details of each delivery which takes place in an NHS hospital. This information has been published in recent years in an annual statistical bulletin.

This is the fourteenth bulletin that has been published on this subject. It covers the period from April 2011 to March 2012 and draws on nearly 669,000 detailed records of deliveries in NHS hospitals.  

NHS Maternity Statistics, 2011-12

33 tables and 2 graphs are available in one excel workbook which includes data on the following;

Place of delivery

Person conducting delivery 


Method of onset and method of delivery


Antenatal/postnatal stay 



Birth weight 

Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy

Provider-level analysis, 2011-12

The purpose of the provider-level analysis is to contribute to the improvement of both the quality and coverage of maternity data submitted to HES.   It is hoped this will stimulate discussion and ultimately contribute to enhancements in patient care.

The provider level analysis provides information at national, strategic health authority, hospital provider and site level (where submitted) relating to: 

Gestation period in weeks at first antenatal assessment date 

Gestation length at delivery 

Method of onset of labour 

Method of delivery 

Person conducting delivery 

Place of delivery 

Selected Maternity statistics 

Spontaneous deliveries with episiotomy 

Caesarean with postnatal stay 0-3 days 

Total caesarean with anaesthetics 

Unassisted deliveries

Please note that an additional data quality note relating to gestation length at delivery was added on 08/01/2014.

Key facts

  • The number of deliveries taking place in NHS hospitals remained stable, increasing by 0.1 per cent to 668,936.
  • The percentage of caesarean deliveries has remained stable at 25.0 per cent(163,859), a 0.1 percentage point increase from 2010-11
  • The percentage of deliveries medically induced has increased by 0.8 percentage points to 12.0 per cent (72,086) since 2010-11 with a smaller increase in surgical induction.
  • The percentage of instrumental deliveries increased by 0.4 percentage points to 13.0 per cent (85,009) from 2010-11.
  • The percentage of delivery episodes ending on the same day as the delivery increased by 0.7 percentage points (20.2 per cent, 116,541) from 2010-11. There was little change in antenatal lengths of stay.



Date Range: April 01, 2011 to March 31, 2012
Geographical coverage:
Geographical granularity:
Strategic Health Authorities
Hospital Trusts
Primary Care Trusts

Related links

Return to Find data
Close iCM Form