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Assessing the need for maternity and infant health services in Hillingdon.


Maternity and births

There are around 4,400 births to Hillingdon residents each year. 

  • Hillingdon has a higher birth rate than in England as a whole.
  • The proportion of older mothers in Hillingdon is not significantly different from the England average.
  • Over 90% of pregnant women in Hillingdon have an antenatal assessment within 12 weeks.
  • Eight percent of pregnant women in the borough smoke during pregnancy - this is lower than the England average of 12 percent but higher than the London average.
  • There is a higher rate of emergency caesarean sections in Hillingdon compared to England. 
  • Babies born at term with low birth weights and infant mortality rates in Hillingdon are not significantly different from the England averages. 

Further information


Variations in fertility and live births is an important factor that drives population changes in addition to migration patterns and number of deaths.The UK Total Fertility Rate (TFR) increased from a low point of 1.63 in 2001 to 1.96 by 2008. From 2008 the TFR has remained relatively stable, decreasing from 2.00 and 1.93 children per woman.

There is no single explanation underlying these changes in fertility, which are likely to have resulted from a combination of factors. As well as the continued increases in fertility among older women, other possible causes include less postponement of childbearing among women in their twenties, the impact of international migration on fertility, and changes in support for childbearing (eg changes in maternity leave).

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