Childbirth and newborns statistics by region


Labour – is contraction of muscles uteri with complete expulsion of ovule of fetus in 22 weeks or later from the first day of the last menstrual period.

-Term labour – during from 37 to 42 weeks of gestation,
-Preterm labour – during from 22 to 36 weeks of gestation,
-Postterm labour – during after 42 week of gestation.

Newborn– infant in age from the birth till 28 day (till age 27 days 23 hours and 59 minutes).

Live births – is complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of conception, irrespective of the duration of the pregnancy, which, after such separation, breathes or shows any other evidence of life, such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, whether or not the umbilical cord has been cut or the placenta is attached.

Birth weigh – for live births should preferably be measured within the first hour of life before significant postnatal weight loss has occurred. The definitions of “low”, “very low” and “extremely low” birth weight don’t constitute mutually exclusive categories (i.e. “low” includes “very low” and “extremely low”, while “very low” includes “extremely low”).

Mature newborn – is a morphological and functional fully developed, term newborn or stillborn with the birth weight more than 2500 grams and gestation between 37 to 42 completed weeks.

Premature – is a preterm newborn or stillborn with especially low (500-999 grams), very low (1000-1499 grams) or low (1500-2499 grams) birth weight and has prematurerity signs and difficulties of adaptation in the perinatal period which are proportional of the degree of prematurity and gestation under 37 completed weeks.

Complete antenatal care – women has registered for antenatal care timely (untill 12th gestational week) and received it in accordance with Cabinet Regulation No. 611 “Procedures for providing childbirth assistance” Annex 1.

Incomplete antenatal care – antenatal care has not been performed in accordance with Cabinet Regulation No. 611 “Procedures for providing childbirth assistance” Annex 1.

Without antenatal care – women has not registered for antenatal care and has not receive it.

Out-of-hospital deliveries – childbirth occurred unplanned at home, in vehicle, elsewhere.

Statistical region– data are classified by region of the healthcare institution according Cabinet of Ministers Order No. 271 “On statistical regions of the Republic of Latvia and their administrative units”.


Medical Birth register, Centre for Disease Prevention and Control of Latvia


The Register contains information on newborns and their birth conditions. There are included data on all newborns born in medical institutions in Latvia and as well as out-of-hospital (including planned home births), in accordance with Cabinet of Ministers Regulation No. 328 "Medical Birth Register regulations".


Statistical Yearbook of Health Care in Latvia Link


The Centre for Disease Prevention and Control of Latvia


Janis Misins

Head of the Health Statistics Unit

Phone Number: +371 67501582


Creation date of metadata: 02.09.2019.