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Indicator 3.1.2: Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel

Home births will on many occasions have a skilled health professional present (a midwife) as some women choose to have a home birth so a midwife attends. There will be some home births which occur without a midwife but an ambulance is sent and arrives just before or soon after the birth - these are births which happen too quick for the mother to get to hospital.

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Percentage of women giving birth in a medical facility

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This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available

Percentage of women giving birth in a medical facility

Indicator description

Percentage of women giving birth in a medical facility, by age and residential geography

Geographical coverage

England and Wales

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Definitions

Percentage of births attended by skilled health personnel (generally doctors, nurses or midwives) is the percentage of deliveries attended by health personnel trained in providing lifesaving obstetric care, including giving the necessary supervision, care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and the post-partum period, conducting deliveries on their own, and caring for newborns. Traditional birth attendants, even if they receive a short training course, are not included. A maternity is a pregnancy resulting in the birth of one or more children including stillbirths. A stillbirth is a baby born after 24 or more weeks completed gestation and which did not, at any time, breathe or show signs of life.

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Calculations

The percentage of women giving birth can be calculated by adding the number of maternities in NHS hospitals to the number of maternities in non-NHS hospitals. The number of maternities in NHS and non-NHS hospitals divided by the total number of maternities, multiplied by 100.

Other information

Maternities in medical facilities used as a proxy. NHS medical facilities – generally hospitals, maternity units and maternity wings. Non-NHS medical facilities – including private maternity units, military hospitals, private hospitals and communal establishments. This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

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Indicator name

3.1.2 Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel

Target name

3.1 By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEFF)

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Source 1

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2014

Geographical coverage

England and Wales

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Release date

16/10/2017

Next release

01/10/2018

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

vsob@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Other information

Source 2

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Contact details

vsob@ons.gsi.gov.uk

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