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Birth Characteristics in England and Wales, 2014

Main findings

  • There were 695,233 live births in England and Wales in 2014, of which 338,461 were girls and 356,772 were boys.
  • In 2014, the stillbirth rate remained at 4.7 per 1,000 total births, unchanged from 2013. There were 3,254 stillbirths in 2014 down from 3,284 in 2013 (a fall of 0.9%).
  • The percentage of women giving birth at home was 2.3% in 2014, remaining unchanged since 2012.
  • 16.0 out of every 1,000 women giving birth had a multiple birth in 2014, an increase from 15.6 in 2013.
  • 10,989 mothers had a multiple birth in 2014; 10,839 women had twins, 148 had triplets and 2 had quads and above (multiple births include stillbirths).
  • Women aged 45 and over were most likely to have a multiple birth; 105.5 out of every 1,000 women giving birth in this age group had a multiple birth.
  • In England and Wales 7.0% (48,547) of live births were low birthweight (under 2.5kg) in 2014. The percentage of low birthweight babies has remained unchanged since 2011.

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