This indicator measures the perinatal Mortality Rate per 1,000 births (stillbirths plus deaths in the first week of life).

Source of Data:

This data is sourced from the National Records of Scotland, using Vital Statistics.

This data, and more information about this publication can be found at the National Records of Scotland website.


Perinatal death – Stillbirth and death in the first week of life.

Stillbirth – A child which had issued forth from its mother after the 24th week of pregnancy and which do not breathe or show any other sign of life.

Ref: 1) Section 56(1) of the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965.

2) The Still-Birth (Definition) Act 1992.

Criteria for Change:

The proposal for a change in perinatal mortality between the current year and the previous year, based on a statistically significant change would imply

- improving if the perinatal mortality rates decreases by 0.91 deaths per 1000 births

- worsening if the perinatal mortality rates increases by 0.91 deaths per 1000 births.

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