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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Newborn death rate falls by one-third in a decade

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

THE death rate for babies at or around the time of birth has fallen by nearly one-third in the past decade, according to the latest statistics.

There were 71,986 births registered last year , evidence that the birth rate is continuing to fall from its high of more than 76,000 in 2009.

Ireland continues to have the highest birth rate across Europe, with 15.6 births per 1,000 people, said Dr Miriam Wiley, of the ESRI, which compiled the perinatal report for 2012.

Among the babies registered, 176 were born at home in 2012 – this was down by 25pc from 236 in 2003. And just over a third of births were to single mothers.

In 2012, the average birthweight was recorded at 3,464 grams for total live births.

Single live births recorded an average birthweight of 3,502 grams, while multiple live births recorded an average birthweight of 2,420 grams.

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