Birth characteristics in England and Wales: 2017

Released: 10 January 2019 9:30am
Next release: October to November 2019


Annual birth statistics, including birthweight, gestation, ethnicity, place of birth, multiple births and stillbirths. Summary birth statistics for the UK by area of usual residence are also included.



  • Birth characteristics

    Annual live births in England and Wales by sex, birthweight, gestational age, ethnicity and month. Maternities by place of birth and with multiple births. Stillbirths by age of parents and calendar quarter.


  • User guide to birth statistics

    Supporting information for birth statistics, which present figures on births that occur and are then registered in England and Wales. Figures are based on information collected at birth registration.

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About the data

National Statistics

These statistics have been given National Statistics status by the Office for Statistics Regulation. They have been produced by following the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Statistics. They meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and public value.

This means that they:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and easily accessible
  • are produced based on appropriate data and methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest