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.
Percentage of births occurring within a medical facility
Percentage of births occurring within either an NHS or non-NHS medical facility, by age of mother and number of previous live born children.
This indicator is a proxy indicator. We are reporting data on births occurring within medical facilities and have not included home births. Home births will on many occasions have a skilled health professional present. There will be some home births which occur without a midwife but an ambulance is sent, arriving just before or soon after the birth.
England and Wales
|Unit of measurement||
Maternity - A pregnancy resulting in the birth of one or more children, including stillbirths.
Medical facility - NHS or non-NHS establishment.
NHS establishment - Generally hospitals, maternity units and maternity wings.
Non-NHS establishment - Includes private maternity units, military hospitals, private hospitals and communal establishments.
Geographical breakdowns are only available up to and including 2016. These statistics were discontinued in 2017.
(Number of births in NHS establishments + Number of births in non-NHS establishments) / Total number of births * 100
Rates for 2021 have been calculated using provisional mid-2021 population estimates. Rates for all years will be revised in the next release when updated mid-year population estimates (based on the 2021 Census) are available. 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 been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated||22 March 2023|
|Metadata last updated||22 March 2023|