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Baby boom numbers risen by a fifth in a decade

8th February 2013

Data from the Office for National Statistics has shown a dramatic increase in the birth rate in England and Wales over the last 10 years.

The ONS shows a rise of more than a fifth, with 723,913 live births in 2011 compared to 594,634 in 2001.

Twins, triplets and other multiple births also increased over the decade, partly due to fertility treatments, contributing to the 22% rise.

A breakdown of the data shows there were 352,939 girls and 370,974 boys born in 2011, though fewer were delivered at home.

However 24% of those children were born to foreign-born mothers.

The rise, which has been consistent since 2001 apart from a small fall in 2009, has raised concerns about the ability of maternity services to cope with the Royal College of Midwives issuing warnings recently about the strain maternity services were under.

NCT chief executive Belinda Phipps echoed this view.

She said: “Whilst these rates continue to rise, it’s more important than ever that there is an adequate number of midwifes and they are organised to be there when women need them.

“The most recent data from a Care Quality Commission survey suggests that 22% of women were left alone and worried at some time during labour.”

In 2011, 11,330 women gave birth to twins, 172 to triplets and 3 had quads or more with data revealing that since 2001 with more than 16 in every 1,000 deliveries have involved multiple births.

There are also about 11,000 IVF babies being born each year.

 

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