Published: 29 November 2016
Births in Scottish Hospitals
The data presented here are mainly obtained from the Scottish Morbidity Record 02 (SMR02) submitted by maternity hospitals to ISD, who have collected this information since 1975.
A wide range of information is collected on the SMR02 - some of which are detailed below:
- mother - age, height, smoking history, previous obstetric history.
- birth - induction, analgesia, method of delivery, outcome.
- baby - apgar score, sex, gestation, weight.
Although there is no legal requirement to submit these data to ISD, the level of submission falls only slightly short of the known total number of births occurring each year. As a result, Scotland has some of the best information on pregnancy and births available anywhere in the world.
The information published below is based on births in hospital by financial year. Further background information can be found on our background notes pages.
The information published below is based only on those births in hospital up to year ending 31st March 2015. Further background information can be found on our background notes pages.