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Stillbirth and infant death rates at record low, 25/03/14 [S]

The numbers and rates of stillbirths, perinatal deaths and infant deaths in Scotland are at their lowest ever recorded level.

In 2012 the stillbirth rate in Scotland fell to 4.7 per 1000 births the lowest in the UK - and infant death rates also fell from 4.0 per 1000 to 3.7 per 1000. Rates of neonatal and post-neonatal deaths have been in overall decline, with record low levels first seen in 2010.

There were also falls in the number of stillbirths and infant deaths among mothers living in deprived areas of the country, and in 2012 babies born to mothers over 40 had a higher chance of survival.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

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Stillbirth and infant death rates at record low