Maternity related statistics published by ONS (Office for National Statistics)

Maternity related statistics published by ONS (Office for National Statistics)

Last week (24/1/2013) the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published some interesting statistics related to maternity. These are the very latest available from 2011, as per statistics of live births according to stats relating to the mother.

Live Births in England and Wales by Characteristics of Mother 1, 2011

Some of the key findings are:

  • In 2011, nearly half (49%) of all live births were to mothers aged 30 and over. Interestingly the number of women over the age of 45 years having babies has almost trebled in a decade, as couples delay having children for financial as well as career choices. The overall rise since 1973 reflects the increasing numbers of women who have been delaying childbearing to later ages.
  •  Nearly two-thirds (65%) of fathers were aged 30 and over in 2011 (excluding births registered solely by the mother).
  • In 2011, the average age of mothers for all births was 29.7 years and for first births the  average age of mothers was 27.9 years.
  • Overall there were 723,913 live births in England and Wales in 2011. The number of live births has risen by 22% from 594,634 in 200. Quite an increase!

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As a way of introduction, my name is Helen Taylor and I have practiced as a Registered Midwife in the UK since 1994. For the first 15 years following my graduation with a BSc (Hons) Midwifery, I worked solely for the NHS, gaining valuable experience in all area’s of midwifery.

In 2009, I decided to launch my own Independent Midwifery Practice, as I wanted to be able to offer women/ expectant couples access to “personal midwifery” support at the unique time of their lives during pregnancy, preparation for childbirth and the postnatal period.

And so “Midwife Care” was “born”in 2009, and what a thoroughly professionally rewarding experience it has proved to be!  It has truly re-ignited my passion for midwifery (which had become lost in the cost cutting exercises of the NHS). There are so many aspects that I have enjoyed aboutmy Independent Practice, but one of the one’s that stands out from the crowd, is being able to provide continuity of care to my client’s, supporting them in pregnancy, through to parenthood.

I offer women antenatal and postnatal midwifery appointments, in the comfort of their own home’s, and at times that suit them.  All appointments are generously timed to allow bespoke care, aimed at meeting the needs of each individual.  I offer care at any stage of pregnancy and up to 8 weeks postnatally, and cover a geographical area of London and North Kent. That is not to say that if you were outside of this area I would not be able to offer care!

By choosing to use private midwifery care, women do not exclude themselves from the NHS. Mos,t if not all of my clients, are “booked” to deliver with the NHS, but choose to access my midwifery services for their pattern of care rather than NHS appointments.  Clients can still access blood tests and scans on the NHS.  Should I have any concerns regarding any aspect of your care, I can directly refer to your GP or Obstetrician at your NHS hospital.

Additional midwifery services I offer include early pregnancy classes, group antenatal classes, as well as one to one private antenatal classes.

More recently I have been running “would be student midwives” sessions for people wanting to know more about the career of midwifery.