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Births, fertility and breastfeeding 2020

Produced by the Strategic Policy, Performance and Population (Strategic Policy, Planning and Performance)
Authored by Public Health Intelligence (Strategic Policy, Planning and Performance) and published on 16 Sep 2021
Prepared internally, no external cost


​Topics covered include: births and crude birth rate, over time; fertility rates (general, total, age-specific), over time; age of mothers, including teenage mothers; caesarean sections; birth weight; breastfeeding patterns (at discharge; at 6 to 8 weeks) and infant mortality

The report findings include:

  • there were 869 live births in Jersey during 2020; corresponding to a crude birth rate (CBR) of 8.0 per 1,000 resident population
  • the number of live births was the lowest annual total since 1983 and the crude birth rate was the lowest since at least 1950
  • the 30 to 34 year age group of women had the highest age-specific fertility rate
  • the proportion of mothers aged 35 years and over at delivery has increased from around one in four (24%) in 2001 to one in three (36%) in 2020
  • the proportion of births by caesarean section (37%) was higher than that recorded in each year of the previous two decades and was greater in Jersey than in England (30%)
  • 2% of newborn term babies in Jersey were classified as 'low' birthweight, similar to England
  • three-quarters (75%) of babies were being breastfed at discharge from maternity care; by 6 to 8 weeks this proportion was 62%
  • over the period 2018 to 2020 infant mortality in Jersey was 2.6 deaths per 1,000 live births in infants under one year of age, a similar rate to that recorded in England

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