There were 679,106 live births in England and Wales in 2017, a decrease of 2.5% from 2016 and the lowest number of live births since 2006.
In 2017, the total fertility rate (TFR) declined for the fifth consecutive year to 1.76 children per woman, from 1.81 in 2016.
Fertility rates decreased for every age group in 2017, except for women aged 40 years and over, where rates increased by 1.3% to 16.1 births per 1,000 women in that age group, reaching the highest level since 1949.
Annual statistics on conceptions to residents of England and Wales; numbers and rates by age group including women aged under 18 years, inside and outside marriage or civil partnership, and area of usual residence.
Annual analysis of fertility by cohort for women in England and Wales. Cohort fertility analysis allows the fertility experience of a group of women sharing the same birth year (a "cohort") to be traced through time and compared with other cohorts.