Scottish Cities

Premature births (<37 weeks), Scottish citiesPrematurity Scotish cities 2015

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Premature birth levels have remained fairly stable in Scotland as a whole, although local levels have fluctuated. In 2012/13-2014-15, Glasgow’s level of 6.23% still exceeds Scotland’s of 5.88%, but an 12% relative reduction has resulted in Glasgow's level dropping from being 13% above Scotland’s level during 2000/01-2002/03 to being 6% above Scotland’s level by 2012/13-2014/15.


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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