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Growing Up in Scotland - Birth Cohort 2. Key Early Years Indicators on Pregnancy and Birth

Growing Up in Scotland - Birth Cohort 2. Key Early Years Indicators on Pregnancy and Birth

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

ISBN: 9781782563983

This document presents key findings on pregnancy and birth from the second birth cohort (BC2) of the Growing Up in Scotland (GUS) study, surveyed for the first time during 2010/11 when children were aged 10 months. It considers specific indicators related to pregnancy and birth which are relevant to the Early Years Framework and the Early Years Collaborative. These include: mother’s supplement intake during pregnancy; alcohol, smoking and drug use during pregnancy; and birth weight.

Executive Summary

Growing Up in Scotland is a large-scale longitudinal research project aimed at tracking the

lives of several cohorts of Scottish children from the early years, through childhood and beyond.

This document presents key findings on pregnancy and birth from the second birth cohort (BC2), surveyed for the first time during 2010/11 when children were aged 10 months. It considers specific indicators related to pregnancy and birth which are relevant to the Early Years Framework and the Early Years Collaborative. These include: mother’s supplement intake during pregnancy;

alcohol, smoking and drug use during pregnancy; and birth weight.

Where possible, comparisons were made with data on childcare use from families in the first birth cohort (BC1) collected during 2005/6 when the cohort child was also 10 months old.