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Childbirth

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many and what proportion of babies were born after less than (a) 28 weeks, (b) 27 weeks, (c) 26 weeks, (d) 25 weeks, (e) 24 weeks, (f) 23 weeks and (g) 22 weeks gestation in (i) the latest period for which figures are available, (ii) 2001, (iii) 1990 and (iv) 1980; (134160)

(2) how many and what proportion of babies weighed equal to or less than (a) 2500 grams, (b) 2000 grams, (c) 1500 grams and (d) 1000 grams at birth in (i) the latest year for which figures are available, (ii) 2000, (iii) 1990 and (iv) 1980.

Data taken from “NHS Maternity Statistics for England for 2004-05” (the most recent year for which we have data), 2000-01, and 1994-95 (the earliest year for which we have data), are set out in the tables. Each category includes all of the smaller categories.

2004-052000-011994-95

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Total births

584,100

564,300

604,300

Under 22 weeks

170

0.03

190

0.03

130

0.02

Under 23 weeks

270

0.05

330

0.06

250

0.04

Under 24 weeks

510

0.09

550

0.10

460

0.07

Under 25 weeks

1,110

0.19

1,050

0.19

960

0.16

Under 26 weeks

1,610

0.28

1,550

0.27

1,460

0.24

Under 27 weeks

2,310

0.40

2,050

0.36

2,060

0.34

Under 28 weeks

3,110

0.53

2,850

0.51

2,760

0.46

2004-052000-011994-95

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Under l,000g

3,600

0.62

3,100

0.55

2,800

0.46

Under l,500g

7,800

1.34

6,800

1.20

6,700

1.11

Under 2,000g

15,900

2.72

14,300

2.53

14,500

2.40

Under 2,500g

42,500

7.28

39,000

6.91

39,300

6.50