Peterborough has the highest birth rate in the country

Health news from the Peterborough Telegraph - peterboroughtoday.co.uk
Health news from the Peterborough Telegraph - peterboroughtoday.co.uk
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Peterborough has the highest birth rate in the country.

The city’s mothers are each giving birth to an average of 2.34 babies, more than women everywhere else, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS also revealed that Peterborough has the second highest maternity rate.

A maternity is classed as a birth of one or more children, including stillbirths.

The city’s MP Stewart Jackson said the ONS figures show Peterborough is under great pressure to deliver first class public services, in particular education and healthcare.

He added: “A combination of mass EU migration, higher birth rates in the Pakistani heritage community and big housing targets has led to these unprecedented figures.”

There were 3,134 births in Peterborough in 2014 of which 50 per cent were outside of marriage or civil partnership.

Forty five births were from women aged under 18 and eight from women over 45.

Deborah Caffull, acting head of midwifery, said the number of women giving birth under the care of Peterborough City Hospital increased by 2.3 per cent in 2014/15. She added: “The safety of mother and baby are our main priority and we have an escalation policy in place for times of high demand. We encourage women to book in with a midwife as early as possible to allow us to fully plan for their care.”

The hospital’s Trust has also set up a new team of midwives to facilitate homebirths.

The number of primary school pupils in the city has risen from 15,578 in January 2010 to 19,304 in January 2015.

Jonathan Lewis, Peterborough City Council’s service director for education, resources and corporate property, said: “Peterborough’s high birth rate will be linked to a high proportion, and growing number, of adults aged 25 to 34, many of whom have moved into the city from elsewhere.

“We constantly review the situation of school places and we have been spending money to build new schools and expand existing schools.”