NI teenage births drop to record low

Published Tuesday, 27 May 2014
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The number of teenage girls giving birth in Northern Ireland fell to a record low in 2013.

NI teenage births drop to record low
Overall births decreased in 2013. (© PA)

There were 24,300 births registered throughout 2013, 1,000 less than in the previous year.

Of those births, 940 were to mothers under the age of 20, the lowest recorded number in the region.

By contrast more than half of all births - 13,000 - were to women aged over 30.

Just over 10% of births were to mothers born outside the UK and Ireland. That compares to just over 2% in 1998.

The majority of newborns were delivered in the Royal Maternity Hospital in Belfast, the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald and Craigavon Area Hospital.

The figures were released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

David Marshall from NISRA said: "The number of births fell last year, with births to younger mothers, especially teenage mothers, falling sharply.

"These demographic changes impact on society and will influence public policy."

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