Published: 27 November 2012
Births in Scottish Hospitals, year ending 31 March 2011
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 most recent release includes data up to financial year 2011. For year end March 2011 there were 57824 live births recorded on SMR02 records and for calendar year 2011 there were 58590 live births registered with National Records Scotland (NRS). This shortfall is approximately 2 percent, with the majority of this being due to incomplete data submissions from maternity units and information not being submitted for home births.
The information published below is based only on those births in hospital up to year ending 31st March 2010. Further background information can be found on our background notes pages.