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Home Births

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many home births there were (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of all births in (i) England and (ii) Forest of Dean constituency in each year since 1997. (81755)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 3 July 2006:

As the National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about how many home births there were (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of all births in (i) England and (ii) Forest of Dean constituency in each year since 1997 (81755)

The latest year for which birth data are available is 2005. The table below shows the figures requested for the years 1997 to 2005.

Maternities1 at home and in total for residents of England and of Forest of Dean constituency 1997 to 2005

At home

All maternities

Percentage at home

England

1997

13,621

602,452

2.3

1998

13,104

596,413

2.2

1999

12,561

583,923

2.2

2000

12,108

567,297

2.1

2001

11,543

558,271

2.1

2002

12,055

560,332

2.2

2003

12,746

584,450

2.2

2004

13,523

601,395

2.2

2005

15,327

606,959

2.5

Forest of Dean constituency

1997

41

912

4.5

1998

42

861

4.9

1999

34

858

4.0

2000

30

884

3.4

2001

39

759

5.1

2002

18

776

2.3

2003

21

845

2.5

2004

33

818

4.0

2005

28

802

3.5

1 A maternity is defined as a woman giving birth to one or more liveborn or stillborn babies.