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Perinatal Mortality Survey, 1958

Title details

SN: 2137
Title: Perinatal Mortality Survey, 1958
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-2137-1
Depositor: National Birthday Trust Fund
Principal investigator(s): Butler, N., National Birthday Trust Fund
Other acknowledgements: National Birthday Trust Fund


The citation for this study is:

Butler, N. (1986). Perinatal Mortality Survey, 1958. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 2137,

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Subject Categories

Child development and child rearing - Social stratification and groupings
Childbearing, family planning and abortion - Health
Morbidity and mortality - Population, vital statistics and censuses


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The Perinatal Mortality Survey (PMS) aimed to examine the social and obstetric factors associated with early death or abnormality among the 17,000 children born in England, Scotland and Wales during one particular week in 1958. The study formed the basis for the later National Child Development Study (NCDS, held at the UK Data Archive under GN 33004). Some selected data from the PMS is also held as NCDS Sweep 0, under SN 5565.

Users should note that the PMS is currently only available as ASCII .dat files, with accompanying codebook.

Users should also note that although this data is based on the NCDS cohort, there is no linking variable between this data and the NCDS data. For details of the main NCDS see GN 33004.

Main Topics:
Variables included in the PMS cover:
  • information on mother: age at last birthday, marital status, whether stayed at school after minimum school leaving age, paid occupation prior to starting this baby, number in household (i.e. number she cooked for at the beginning of pregnancy), number of siblings living or dead at time she left school, occupation of husband (classification by socio-economic group and social class), age of husband, occupation of father when she left school and father's socio-economic group, and social class
  • pregnancy history: previous pregnancies, previous abortions, premature live births, large births (live or stillborn), previous stillbirths and neonatal deaths (first 4 weeks), previous toxaemia, antepartum haemorrhage or caesarian section, and finally, interval beween marriage and first mature baby
  • details of present pregnancy and birth: mother's weight, blood group and minimum haemoglobin level during pregnancy, amount smoked before and during pregnancy, week in which mother stopped work, gestation period (in days), week of first antenatal visit, total number of antenatal visits, bleeding in pregnancy and before delivery, presence of raised blood pressure and proteinuria
  • data on the birth: place of booking and delivery, delivery supervision, hours duration of labour, whether labour was induced, interval between this birth and last pregnancy, method of delivery, presence of foetal distress, use of inhalational analgesia, height of mother at child's birth, birthweight for gestational age, sex, whether multiple birth

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 1958
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: No information recorded
Observation units: Individuals
Universe: National
Mothers of children born during one particular week in 1958, and the children themselves.
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Clinical measurements; Physical measurements
Weighting: No information recorded

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 19 May 1986
Copyright: No information recorded
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
User guide 2137userguide.pdf 3803
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_2137_Information.htm 16


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