General Article Births in England and Wales: 2019

Topic Selected: Fertility and Reproduction Book Volume: 387

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  • There were 640,370 live births in England and Wales in 2019, a decrease of 2.5% since 2018 and a 12.2% decrease since the most recent peak in 2012.
  • The total fertility rate (TFR) for England and Wales decreased from 1.70 children per woman in 2018 to 1.65 children per woman in 2019; this is lower than all previous years except 2000, 2001 and 2002.
  • The TFR for Wales was the lowest since records began in 1982 at 1.54 children per woman.
  • Fertility rates for women in age groups under 30 years were at the lowest level since records began in 1938.
  • Fertility rates decreased in all age groups except for women aged 40 years and over, among whom the rate increased to 16.5 births per 1,000 women.
  • The stillbirth rate for England fell to a record low for the third consecutive year to 3

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