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Teenage births fall 8%

Teenage births in England have fallen 8% in the last year, according to new figures on hospital deliveries.

There were 30,790 teenage deliveries in 2012/18, down 8.4% on the 33,620 figure for 2011/12.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), which released the figures, said the latest data represented a "substantial fall" of 28% on teenage deliveries in 2007/08, when there were 42,670.

The report shows there were 671,260 deliveries in NHS hospitals overall, with Caesarean section rates rising slightly to 25.5% - from 25% the year before and 24.6% five years ago.

The highest rate of Caesareans was among mothers aged 40 and over (10,620 out of 25,310, or 42%) compared with only one in seven mothers under 20 (4,070 out of 29,860, or 14%).

More babies are also born to women in the most deprived areas, with a birth rate of 37.2 per 1,000 compared with 18.6 per 1,000 in the least deprived areas.

Among teenage mothers, the figure is 31.1 births per 1,000 teenage girls in the most deprived areas compared with 3.6 per 1,000 in the least deprived - almost a 10-fold difference

The North East saw the highest rate of teenage births, while the lowest was in London.

Teenage mothers are aged between 13 and 19 when their babies are born.

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