Broadly, health inequalities appear to be most pronounced in those giving birth under the age of 20 and over the age of 40.

Those under 20 are more likely to smoke, more likely to have low birthweight babies and less likely to breastfeed. They are also slightly more likely to be recorded as having poor mental health at the time of birth, but much less likely to be recorded as having been screened for post-natal depression.

Those over 40 are more likely than younger women to be recorded as obese at their booking visit and more likely to have low birthweight babies. They are more likely to be recorded as having poor mental health at the time of birth.3 4

References

  1. Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust
  2. “NHS Outcomes Framework and CCG Outcomes Indicators: data availability table,” December 2012. [Online]. Available: https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/oi-data-table.pdf. [Accessed July 2016].
  3. Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust
  4. “NHS Outcomes Framework and CCG Outcomes Indicators: data availability table,” December 2012. [Online]. Available: https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/oi-data-table.pdf. [Accessed July 2016].