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Vital Events Reference Tables 2009

Vital Events Reference Tables 2009

Section 3: Births

Note: the birth rates and fertility rates given in the tables in this section have been superseded. They were produced using the original mid-year population estimates for 2002 onwards, which have been superseded by 'rebased' population estimates which take account of the results of the 2011 Census. Revised versions of most of these figures (which were produced using the 'rebased' population estimates) can be obtained from:

More information about the rebasing of the mid-year estimates, and the consequential temporary break in some of the Vital Events statistics series (such as birth rates and death rates) is available from the Births and Deaths Rates: breaks in series circa 2011 section of this website.

The presumption in law in relation to the registration of births is that the husband of a married woman is the father of her child unless proven otherwise. When parents are not married to each other the mother is the primary informant of the birth and the father's name can only be entered in the register if (a) they register the birth jointly; (b) a court decree is produced declaring the person to be the father or (c) there is produced to the registrar at the time of registration a statutory declaration signed by one parent together with a declaration signed by the other parent in the registrar's presence. A father's name can be added to the register at any time after the birth using (b) or (c) above.

The term married parents refers to parents who are married to each other and the term unmarried parents refers to parents who are unmarried or married but not to each other.

The General Fertility Rate (GFR) is the number of births per women of child-bearing age (15-44).

The Total Fertility Rate (TFR) is the average number of children that would be born to a cohort of women who experienced, throughout their childbearing years, the fertility rates of the calendar year in question.

The Age Specific Fertility Rate (ASFR) is the number of births per individual for a specific age during a specified time.

The gross reproduction rate is the average number of live daughters that would be born to a cohort of women who experienced, throughout their childbearing years, the fertility rates of the calendar year in question. And the net reproduction rate is the average number of these live daughters that, subject to the mortality rates of the calendar year in question, would survive to the mothers' age at the time of birth.

A cohort is a well-defined group of people who have had a common experience or exposure who are observed through time. For example, the birth cohort of 1900 refers to people born in that year.

Correction of errors

We regret that, until 6 July 2011, six of the numbers in Table 3.10 were wrong. The table has now been corrected. A footnote explains which of the figures were wrong. The error was due to the mis-copying and pasting of numbers from the output of a computer program that produced statistics from the Vital Events database. The way in which Table 3.10 is produced was changed for the 2010 Vital Events Reference Tables, so that error should not occur again. We apologise for any problems or inconvenience caused by this error.

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Table 3.1

Live births, numbers and percentages, by age of mother and marital status of parents, Scotland, 1946 to 2009
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Table 3.2

Live births, numbers and percentages, by marital status of parents and type of registration, Scotland, 1974 to 2009
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Table 3.3

Live births outside marriage, numbers and percentages, age of mother and type of registration, Scotland, 1995 to 2009
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Table 3.4

Birth rate, gross and net reproduction rates and general and total fertility rates, Scotland, 1971 to 2009
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Table 3.5

Fertility rates by age of mother and marital status of parents, Scotland, 1971 to 2009
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Table 3.6

Age-specific birth rates, per 1,000 female population, Scotland, 1951 to 2009
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Table 3.7a

Cumulative fertility, by female birth cohort and selected age, Scotland, 2009
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Table 3.7b

Cumulative fertility, for selected birth cohorts, Scotland, 2009
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Table 3.8

Live births, numbers and fertility rates by marital status of parents, type of registration and administrative area, Scotland, 2009
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Table 3.9

Live births, by country of birth of mother and administrative area, Scotland, 2009
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Table 3.10

Live births, country of birth of mother by country of birth of father, Scotland, 2009 (Corrected 6 July 2011)
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Table 3.11

Live births, stillbirths and maternities, by sex of child, marital status of parents and age of mother, Scotland, 2009
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Table 3.12

Live birth, stillbirth and maternity rates per 1,000 women, by sex of child, marital status of parents and age of mother, Scotland, 2009
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Table 3.13

Live births by country of birth of mother, Scotland, 1999, 2004, 2007 to 2009
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Table 3.14

Live births, stillbirths and maternities, by sex of child, marital status of parents and age of mother, Scotland and administrative areas, 2009
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Table 3.15

Live births, numbers by age of mother and age of father, and the average ages of mothers and fathers, Scotland, 2009
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