Birth rates at lowest since records began.

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Birth rates in England and Wales at lowest since records began.. The decline may be explained by higher infertility or women waiting until later in life to start families. Image Credit: Alamy, 2019.

Birth rates in England and Wales at lowest since records began.. The decline may be explained by higher infertility or women waiting until later in life to start families. Image Credit: Alamy, 2019.

Birth rates in England and Wales at lowest since records began.

BBirth rates in England and Wales at lowest since records began.. The decline may be explained by higher infertility or women waiting until later in life to start families. The birth rate in England and Wales has fallen to a record low, with a nearly 10 per cent drop in the number of babies being born since 2012.

Official figures show there were 657,076 live births last year or 11.1 per 1,000 people, the lowest rate since records began in 1938. Higher levels of infertility and conception problems caused by postponing starting a family may have contributed to the increase, the Office for National Statistics said.

Women also now have improved access to contraception and are more likely to spend longer in education, delay marriage and have longer careers before starting a family.

 

Information and Image have been shared from an Article by Rosie Taylor, published at The Times, London, UK, on August 2nd, 2019. Image Credit: Alamy, 2019.  


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