Decrease in drug use by pregnant women
The number of Renfrewshire mothers who took drugs while pregnant fell by nearly two thirds between 2009 and 2017, figures have shown.
Of the 5091 births in Renfrewshire between 2015 and 2017, just 34 mothers-tobe were found to have taken drugs, compared to 112 out of 5, 599 births in a three-year aggregate of 2009-12.
The number of babies affected by mothers taking drugs while pregnant fell by 25 per cent between 2008 and 2015.
NHS Scotland’s Births in Scottish Hospitals report also showed that across Scotland, while the number of births has remained steady, at 52,927 for the year up to March 2017, the number of pregnant women who smoked was half of what it was in 2000.
An NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde spokesman said: “The decrease in the number of babies being born to mothers misusing drugs is encouraging.
“Improved access to addiction services in Renfrewshire has led to more preventative approaches and the early identification of pregnant mothers.”