Data on where and when babies were born, their birth weight, whether they were preterm and about their mothers and whether the babies were breastfed for 2017.

This release covers data items which are recorded at birth. It is not meant to replace Office for National Statistics (ONS) birth registration statistics, which should be used for basic births statistics for Wales.

Main points

The NCCHD recorded 32,236 live births in 2017 to Welsh residents, an increase of 5% since 2001 but a fall of 2% since 2016.

Mother’s age 

The proportion of young mothers has fallen since 2007 with 4.4% of live births in 2017 being born to mothers aged under 20, half of what it was in 2007 (8.8%).

Gestation

7.9% of live births in 2017 took place at less than 37 weeks gestational age, this proportion has fluctuated between 7% and 7.9% since 2007.

Birth weight

6.9% of all live births in 2017 had a low birth weight (less than 2,500g) compared to 5.6% of singleton live births.

Reports

Births in Wales, 2017: data from the National Community Child Health Database
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Data

Datasets and interactive tools

Births in Wales, 2017: data from the National Community Child Health Database: tables
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Contact

Rhian Osbourne

Tel: 0300 025 7872

Media

Tel: 0300 025 8099