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

  • 729.674 babies were born alive in 2012 [2].
  • 3,558 babies were stillborn in 2012 [2].
  • Between 2012-2013, there were 39,800 miscarriages that led to a hospital stay [3].
  • In 2011, 7 percent of births were premature [4].

Expressed as the number per day:

  • 1,999 babies were born every day 
  • 9.7 babies were stillborn every day

Scotland

  • 58,027 babies were born alive in 2012 [5].
  • 274 babies were stillborn in 2012 [5].
  • 5.9 percent of babies were born premature between 2011 and 2012 [6].
  • Between April 2009 and March 2010 there were 5,708 miscarriages recorded in Scotland hospitals [7].

Expressed as the number per day:

  • 158 babies were born every day
  • One baby was stillborn every second day
  • About 12 babies were born preterm every day
  • About 16 women experienced a miscarriage every day

Sources

[1] National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage, clinical guideline CG154, London NICE, 2012. Available at: http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG154 (accessed 18 February 2014)

[2] Office for National Statistics, Birth summary tables England and Wales 2012, Newport ONS, 2013. Also available at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-314475 (accessed 4 March 2014)

[3] Health and Social Care Information Center, Hospital episode statistics, NHS maternity statistics 2012-2013, London HSCIC, 2013. Available at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB12744 (accessed 18 February 2014)

[4] Office for National Statistics, Gestation-specific infant mortality in England and Wales 2011. Cardiff ONS, 2013. Also available at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-320891 (accessed 11 February 2014)

[5] General Register Office for Scotland, Vital events reference tables 2012, Edinburgh GROS, 2013. Also available at: http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/theme/vital-events/general/ref-tables/2012/section-3-births.html (accessed 4 March 2014)

[6] Information Services Division, Births in Scottish hospitals 2012, Edinburgh National Services Scotland, 2013. Also available at: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Maternity-and-Births/Publications/2013-08-27/2013-08-27-Births-Report.pdf?34511965514 (accessed 11 February 2014)

[7] Information Services Division Scotland, Scottish hospitals, healthy weight birth, Edinburgh ISD, 2012

 


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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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