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Maternity statistics

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  • Release date: 1 November 2018
  • Period covered: 2017-18
Data including antenatal care, care at delivery and outcomes for babies.

The data source is in its infancy and as a result these statistics are marked as ‘Experimental’.

Key points

  • There were 28,361 deliveries in Welsh maternity units in 2017-18 which could be matched to initial assessment records.

Of these pregnancies:

  • 28 per cent had the characteristics of a ‘healthy birth’
  • 67 per cent had their antenatal initial assessment before 10 weeks of gestation
  • 28,729 births occurred, of which 28,594 (or 99.5 per cent) were live births.

Of the 28,729 births:

  • 2.5 per cent (724 births) were multiple births (twins, triplets or higher order)
  • 27 per cent were born by Caesarean section
  • 61 per cent of mothers intended to breastfeed their babies at birth (6 health boards).


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