Belfast Telegraph

How many babies were born in 2016 in Northern Ireland?

By Claire Williamson

Northern Ireland women who are having children are having them later in life and are having fewer of them, according to new statistics.

The average age of first time mums has increased from 24 to 28 years since 1986 with the average age of all mums similarly rising from 27 to 30 years over the last three decades.

The findings were released in figures compiled by the Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

In addition the average number of children per woman of child bearing age (15-44 years) has reduced from 2.44 to 1.95 between 1986 and 2016.

Of the 24,076 births registered in 2016 (12,425 baby boys and 11,651 baby girls), just over one fifth (22 percent) were to mums aged 35 and over.

Forty-three per cent of all births occurred outside of marriage, while 3.3 percent (791) were to teenage mothers.

Tragically 82 stillbirths were registered in 2016, equivalent to a stillbirth rate of 3.4 per 1,000 births - the third lowest rate on record in Northern Ireland.

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