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Maternity statistics

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  • Release date: 31 May 2017
  • Period covered: 2015-16
Data including antenatal care, care at delivery and outcomes for babies.

The data source is a new dataset and as a result these statistics are marked as ‘Experimental’.

Key points

  • There were 30,284 deliveries in Wales in 2015-16.
  • Of these pregnancies, 67 per cent had their antenatal initial assessment before 10 weeks of gestation. (6 health boards).
  • These deliveries resulted in 30,675 births of which 30,513 were live births.

Of the 30,675 births:

  • 3 per cent (774 births) were multiple births (twins, triplets or higher order).
  • 26 per cent were born by Caesarean section.
  • 6 per cent of live births were less than 2,500g birth weight.
  • 59 per cent of mothers intended to breastfeed their babies at birth (6 health boards).


Maternity statistics are now derived from the Maternity Indicators data set and StatsWales tables will be published when the data quality of the new dataset allows.


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