Only 25,977 under 20 had babies in 2014. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), this is the fewest number the UK has reached since 1946. About a total of 695,233 births were recorded in 2014 with half mostly to unmarried mothers.
The number of deaths in the same period was 501,424.
The ONS celebrates it as a huge improvement in developed countries. However, the later pregnancy years could decrease the fertility in most women. Today, women aged 40 have lower fertility rates than women in their 30s. Women aged about 30 to 34 years old have the highest fertility of any age group.
Midwifery Director Louise Silverton of the Royal College of Midwives said “births are becoming more complex as the average age of mothers increases. As obesity levels contribute to the risk and complexity, many more women will need support and care.”
“This places additional and significant pressures on maternity services.
“Midwives want to give these and all women the best levels of care.”
Middlesbrough had the highest mortality level for 2014. The ratio in the town was 137, a total of 37 points above the national level.