Updated February 2014

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Pregnancy research, surveys and statistics

It is hard to believe that in this day and age, up to one in four women will lose a baby during pregnancy or birth [1].

Tommy's believes every baby deserves the best start in life and we are committed to funding medical research and providing information to help more mums and dads through a healthy pregnancy and birth.

You can see a full list of our research projects and more detailed statistics by selecting a category from the links on the right. But here are some key facts for the UK.

Key statistics


England and Wales

  • 698,512 babies were born alive in 2013 [2].
  • In 2013, 3,284 stillbirths were recorded (4.7 stillbirths per 1,000 total births [2].
  • Between 2012 and 2013, there were 39,800 miscarriages that led to a hospital stay [3].
  • The ratio of miscarriages to deliveries continued to decrease in 2012-2013 (5.9:100 compared to 6.4:100 in 2011-2012) [4].
  • In 2012, 7.1% of births were premature [5].

Expressed as the number per day:

  • 1,914 babies were born every day.
  • 9 babies were stillborn every day.

Scotland

  • 56,014 babies were born alive in 2013 [6].
  • 234 babies were stillborn in 2013 [7].
  • 7.4% of babies were born preterm between 2012 and 2013 [8].
  • Provisional data for the year ending 31 March 2013 shows that 4,815 miscarriages were recorded in Scotland hospitals [9].

Expressed as the number per day:

  • 153 babies were born every day.
  • One baby was stillborn every second day.
  • About 11 babies were born preterm every day.
  • About 13 women experienced a miscarriage every day.

Sources

[1] National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: diagnosis and initial management in early pregnancy of ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage. London NICE, 2012. Available at: http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG154 (accessed 9 December 2014)

[2] Office for National Statistics, Birth summary tables England and Wales 2013. Newport ONS, 2014. Available at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-317529 (accessed 9 December 2014)

[3] Health and Social Care Information Center, NHS maternity statistics: England, 2012-2013. Leeds: HSCIC, 2013. Available at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB12744 (accessed 9 December 2014)

[4] Health and Social Care Information Center, Hospital episode statistics. London: HSCIC, 2013. Available at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB12744/nhs-mate-eng-2012-13-summ-repo-rep.pdf (accessed 9 December 2014)

[5] Office for National Statistics, Gestation-specific infant mortality, 2012. Cardiff ONS, 2014. Available at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-349394 (accessed 9 December 2014)

[6] General Register Office for Scotland, Vital events reference tables 2013. Edinburgh GROS, 2014. Available at: http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/theme/vital-events/general/ref-tables/2013/section-3-births.html (accessed 9 December 2014)

[7] General Register Office for Scotland, Vital events reference tables 2013: stillbirths and infant deaths. Edinburgh GROS, 2014. Available at: http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/theme/vital-events/general/ref-tables/2013/section-4-stillbirths-and-infant-deaths.html (accessed 9 December 2014)

[8] Information Services Division, Births in Scottish hospitals 2012/2013. Edinburgh: ISD Scotland, 2013. Available at: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Maternity-and-Births/Births/(accessed 9 December 2014)

[9] Information Services Division, Births in Scottish hospitals 2012/2013. Table 12: miscarriages by maternal age. Edinburgh: ISD Scotland, 2013. Available at: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Maternity-and-Births/Births/ (accessed 9 December 2014)

 


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In this section


Employment
Lifestyle statistics

Miscarriage statistics

Pre-eclampsia statistics

Premature birth statistics

Stillbirth statistics

Toxoplasmosis statistics



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