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Births and infant mortality

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  • Release date: 27 February 2014
  • Period covered: 2012
An annual report which presents information by age of mother, births outside of marriage, fertility rates and weight of baby.

Key points

  • There were 35,238 live births to Welsh residents in 2012.
  • Fertility rates rose generally during the 2000s but fell slightly in 2011 and 2012, with the average number of children per woman, the Total Fertility Rate (TFR), standing at 1.88.
  • 58 per cent of live births in 2012 were outside marriage, although most of these were jointly registered by both parents.
  • Although the rates fluctuate from year to year, generally during the 2000s infant mortality rates have fallen; in 2012 the infant mortality rate stood at 4.1 per thousand live births.
  • The stillbirth rate has fluctuated during the 2000s between 4.6 and 5.7 per 1,000 total births.


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