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Demographics

Demographic characteristics for eligible babies are presented in Table 3. Data from the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) have been included for comparison.

Table 3: Characteristics of Each Baby Counts eligible babies born in 2018

Characteristics

 

 

Reports with sufficient information uploaded to Each Baby Counts (N = 687)

NMPA data

Number

Percent­age

April 2016 to March 2017(a)

April 2015 to March 2017(b)

Singleton birth

662

96.4%

98.4%

97.0%

Multiple birth

25

3.6%

1.6%

3.0%

Actual place of birth

Obstetric unit

604

87.9%

85.5%

 

Alongside midwifery unit

43

6.3%

10.7%

 

Freestanding midwifery unit

7

1.0%

1.7%

 

Home

23

3.3%

2.0%

 

Other

3

0.4%

0.2%

 

In transit

7

1.0%

 

(a) Source: NMPA Project Team. National Maternity and Perinatal Audit: Clinical Report 2019. Based on births in NHS maternity services between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. London: RCOG; 2019 [https://maternityaudit.org.uk/pages/reports]. Data on multiplicity for England, Scotland and Wales; data on actual place of birth for England only.

(b) Source: Relph S, NMPA Project Team. NHS Maternity Care for Women with Multiple Births and Their Babies: A study on feasibility of assessing care using data from births between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2017 in England, Wales and Scotland. London: RCOG; 2020 [https://maternityaudit.org.uk/pages/reports]. Data on multiplicity for England, Scotland and Wales.