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Maternity Services Monthly Statistics April 2020, experimental statistics

Official statistics, Experimental statistics


Gestation length at birth

8% of babies were born premature

'Preterm' births are babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. The mortality rate is higher for babies born preterm, and babies also have increased rates of disability. NICE recommends that pregnant women at increased risk of preterm labour should be given information about the potential signs and symptoms.

Delivery method

The decision on the method of delivery should take into account women's needs and preferences. Caesarean sections can be performed electively, or as an emergency where it is clinically required.

Last edited: 15 December 2021 9:51 am