There were 621,469 live births in England and Wales in 2003, an increase of 4.3 per cent on 2002 - the highest percentage rise since 1979. Fertility increased in all age groups, except for women aged under 20. The largest increases were for women aged 35-39, and 40 and over (with increases of over 7 per cent for each group).
Source: Birth Statistics: Review of the Registrar General on births and patterns of family building in England and Wales, 2003, Series FM1 32, Office for National Statistics (0845 601 3034)
The conception rate in England and Wales increased by 3 per cent between 2001 and 2002, according to provisional statistics. There were 72.2 conceptions per 1,000 women aged 15-44, compared with 70.3 in 2001. The conception rate for girls aged under 18 in England and Wales rose slightly, from 42.7 conceptions per 1,000 girls aged 15-17 in 2001 to 42.8 in 2002.
Source: 'Conceptions in England and Wales, 2002', Health Statistics Quarterly 24, Winter 2004, Office for National Statistics, TSO (0870 600 5522)
An article provided data on live births in England and Wales, analysed by socio-economic group, for the period 19942001.
Source: 'Live births in England and Wales by National Statistics Socio-economic Classification, 19942001', Population Trends 115, Spring 2004, Office for National Statistics, TSO (0870 600 5522)
There were 596,122 live births in England and Wales in 2002, compared with 594,634 in 2001, an increase of 0.25 per cent. The proportion of multiple births increased by 20 per cent between 1992 and 2002.
Source: Birth Statistics: England and Wales, 2002, Series FM1/31, Office for National Statistics (0845 601 3034)