Total fertility rate dropped from 1.7 children per woman in 2018 to 1.65 children
Since 1973 the total fertility rate has been below population replacement level
The percentage of unmarried women giving birth has been steadily increasing
Fertility rates for women under 30 in England and Wales have dropped to a record low, official figures revealed today.
But data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the number of over-40s giving birth has risen to a record-high.
Some 29,618 women over 40 had a child in 2019 — at a rate of 16.5 births per 1,000 women, more than triple the figure of 5.3 in 2000.