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Newham teenager birth rate higher than London average

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 September 2015

A study published on Tuesday showed that on average, more teenagers gave birth last year in Newham than in the rest of London. Image: PA/Press Association Images

A study published on Tuesday showed that on average, more teenagers gave birth last year in Newham than in the rest of London. Image: PA/Press Association Images

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Teenagers in Newham were more likely to give birth last year than their average London peers.

This is according to date released by the Office of National Statistics on Tuesday, which showed that for every 1,000 women of child-bearing age in the borough, 6.9 live births were from those under the age of 18.

Though this birth rate was the fourth highest in London, it was only marginally less than the national average of 6.8 births.

For those aged 20 and under, Newham figures were again higher than the London average, but lower than the national average of 15.6. Both figures were dwarfed by the country’s highest under 20 birth rate in Blackpool, where 155 women in that age bracket gave birth.

Although the national trend shows that most children were born to mothers in the 30-34 age bracket, in Newham the highest proportion were aged between 25 and 29 years old.

Mothers between the ages of 40-44 were more likely to come from London, with the capital’s average of 22.2 births per 1,000 women significantly higher than the 13.7 nationwide.


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