Glasgow & Clyde Valley

Premature births (<37 weeks), Clyde Valley councilsPrematurity GCV 2015

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Despite marked reductions, Glasgow’s premature birth level (6.23%) is still above the Scottish average (5.88%). It has the fourth highest level of the Clyde Valley councils, below Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, and North Lanarkshire.


Pregnancy usually lasts 40 weeks. If a baby is born before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy, they are premature (also known as preterm). The number of weeks into a pregnancy is also referred to as the “gestational age”.  The figures given are for singleton births, i.e. not twins, triplets or other multiples.

Scottish Morbidity Records for maternities (SMR02) have been used here to calculate the proportion of babies born prematurely (<37 weeks). The data have been aggregated into rolling groups of three fiscal years to produce annual averages. Glasgow specific analyses were undertaken locally; the analysis by local authority has been provided by the Information Statistics Division (ISD).

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