Glasgow & Clyde Valley

Low birth weight, Clyde Valley councilsLBW GCV 2015

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Despite marked reductions, Glasgow’s level of low birth weight births in 2012/13-2014/15 remains one of the highest in the region (6.1%), as the levels for most other Clyde Valley local authorities have also decreased.

The level of low birth weight births in Glasgow is now beneath that in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, where levels of low birth weight births have risen in recent years.


Scottish Morbidity Records for maternities (SMR02) have been used here to calculate the proportion of babies born with low birth weights (<2500g). 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).

Further explanation:
A birth weight of less than 2500g (approx 5lbs 8oz) is categorized as “low birth weight”. The figures presented are for singletons only, i.e. they exclude twins, triplets and other multiple births.

Low birth weight can be the end result of many different processes, including prematurity, poor nutrition, and exposure to toxins (such as nicotine) in the womb. Babies with low birth weight are more likely in adult life to have high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and non-insulin dependent diabetes.

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