Deprivation

Premature births (<37 weeks) by deprivationPrematurity by deprivation

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The level of premature births in the most deprived decile has improved, resulting in a relative reduction of 16% from 8.8% (2000/01-2002/03) to 7.4% (2012/13-2014/15). In contrast, the level of premature births in the least deprived decile has risen, resulting in a relative increase of 6% from 4.6%  (2000/01-2002/03) to 4.8% (2012/13-2014/15).

The level of premature births in the most deprived decile has improved relative to Glasgow, having fallen from 24% above Glasgow’s level during 2000/01-2002/03 to 18% above Glasgow’s level during 2012/13-2014/15.

In the least deprived decile, the level of premature births has increased relative to Glasgow, having risen from 64% of Glasgow’s level during 2000/01-2002/03 to 77% of Glasgow’s level during 2012/13-2014/15.

The level of premature births in the most deprived decile has improved relative to the least deprived decile, dropping from 94% above the level in the least deprived decile during 2000/01-2002/03 to approximately 53% above during 2012/13-2014/15.

Note

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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