The Source of BirthChoiceUK Maternity Statistics

For Scotland maternity statistics are produced by the NHS Scotland Information and Statistics Division (ISD. These are published on the web as Births in Scottish Hospitals. 22

For Wales maternity statistics are published by the Welsh Assembly Government.23

For Northern Ireland there are no published national statistics.

For England maternity statistics are derived from Hospital Episode Statistics patient records from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The HSCIC publishes its own official national maternity statistics and those for NHS Trusts (rather than for individual hospitals).93Although based on the same records, methods used to calculate the statistics differ from our own and the results, whilst similar, are not directly comparable. We have also calculated our own normal birth rates according to the Maternity Care Working Party definition92 - these are not published by the Information Centre. We do not include data based on poor quality records.

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Copyright information

Although the data on this website are not directly comparable with the published maternity statistics, the records from which they are derived remain the copyright of the Information Centre. All data on this website from the Information Centre or based on their HES records therefore has the following copyright information attached

Copyright © 2013, Re-used with the permission of The Health and Social Care Information Centre. All rights reserved.

All processing of data has been done by Rod Gibson Associates Ltd, the licensee of the HSCIC data reuse agreement, which follows approved Information Governance procedures to ensure confidentiality and security of personal data.

For more information see our explanation of how HES records have been analysed.