As the first pictures of Prince George are released, the Royal College of Midwives has revealed that the royal baby was firmly with the majority being born in July, which is England’s single busiest month for births.
These numbers come after the Office for National Statistics last week revealed the country was in the midst of the biggest baby boom for over four decades.
Statistics obtained from a parliamentary question asked by St Ives MP Andrew George show that, across England, July is usually the busiest month of the year for births, having topped the league in five of the previous 11 years, although there is some regional variation.
The figures, which cover from 2001 to 2011, also reveal the startling fact that more boys than girls are born in every month of every year, and that that is true of both England as a whole and every English region.
Baby boom continuing apace
In London, for both boys like Prince George as well as girls, July is more likely than any other month to see the most births. This was the case in six out of the previous 11 years for boys and in four out of the last 11 years for girls. The East of England shows the greatest bias for producing boys, with 51.4% of births resulting in male babies.
Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the RCM, said: “These are fun statistics but with a serious message behind them: not only is the baby boom continuing apace, but even within years there are peaks of activity that put additional, acute pressure on midwives.
“The Government realises that there is a real need for more midwives and isn’t shy about admitting it. We know they are putting extra investment into training more midwives, and that is really welcome, especially given the pressure on the public finances.
“What we now need to see is extra effort from trusts up and down the country to staff maternity services appropriately. We need to see women getting adequate antenatal care, and importantly much better postnatal care. The midwife’s job does not end when the boy or girl is delivered safely into the world, or even when they are taken home by their new families. Giving women support, advice and care in those first days and weeks is incredibly important, and that’s true whether it is a boy, a girl, or even a prince.”
Across England, from 2001 to 2011, 174,653 more boys than girls were born. In other words for every 100 girls born there were 105 boys. Regional variations buck some of these trends. September is overall the most popular months for boys being born in the North East, in the North West it is August and in the West Midlands it is October.
The figures for girls show similar variations. In the East Midlands July and September are jointly the most likely months to see the most girls born, whilst in the South East and South West it is October.
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