Maternity and birth
The average number of births per year between 2011–2016 in Rochdale borough was 2,978 according to the Office of National Statistics.
Why is a healthy pregnancy important?
A good start in life is important for long term health. We want all Rochdale borough children to start school healthy and ready to learn.
We can improve the early health of children by ensuring healthy pregnancies. Drinking alcohol and smoking during pregnancy can harm the baby. The amount of stress and the diet of the mother during pregnancy also impacts a baby's health.
Smoking during pregnancy is one of the biggest risks to child health and is particularly high in deprived areas and in mothers under the age of 20.
What are the health impacts of breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is beneficial for the health and wellbeing of children over their whole lifetime. It's also beneficial for the mother. It helps protect the child from infections, may increase intelligence and may reduce the risk of becoming overweight and developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Rates of breastfeeding are lowest in young mothers and from those in deprived populations.
Statistics on maternity
- Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) - Child and maternal health profiles - OHID produces a number of reports and resources on child and maternal health which can be accessed through their data and analysis tools portal. These profiles include data on pregnancy, breastfeeding, screening and vaccinations.
- NHS Digital - Maternal, infant and child health Indicators - NHS Digital publishes monthly provider-level data for maternal, infant and child indicators including appointments, complex social factors, birth methods and breastfeeding.
Guidance and information on maternity and birth
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) infant guidance - there are over 54 NICE guidance products relating to infant health including information on maternal and child nutrition and postnatal care.
- NHS Choices on pregnancy - The NHS Choices website provides information and guidance on pregnancy, newborns, babies and toddlers.