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Release: Characteristics of Mother 2, England and Wales, 2012

Released: 05 December 2013 (Latest) Next edition: December 14 - January 15 (provisional date)

Contact

Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

vsob@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Births and Fertility, Population, Live Births and Stillbirths, Live Births

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Country

  • In 2012, 36% of live births within marriage/civil partnership were first births, 38% were second births and 16% were third births.

  • The median interval between women in the UK having a first and second birth was 36 months in 2012. The median interval between second and third births was slightly longer (41 months).

In this release

Presents data on birth registrations in England and Wales by characteristics of the mother. This package contains live birth statistics by marital status, median interval between births, live births within marriage by age of mother and number of previous live-born children.

Before 2009, tables were published as part of annual publication Birth statistics, England and Wales (Series FM1). The data years available include 1998 - 2008.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to birth statistics, please see Births metadata (412.8 Kb Pdf)  and Quality and Methodology Information for Birth Statistics (258.6 Kb Pdf) .

There is an interactive mapping tool which enables trends in fertility to be analysed at the local level. Fertility rates for 2002-2010 in this tool need to be recalculated using revised population estimates which take account of the 2011 Census. The tool will be updated in winter 2013/14, rates for the latest data years will also be added.

The Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables provide quarterly and annual births data for the United Kingdom and its constituent countries.

For data for other UK countries please see the latest birth statistics for Northern Ireland and the latest birth statistics for Scotland.

We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

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