Baby deaths increase.
STILL births and deaths among very young babies born to mothers under the age of 20 increased last year, figures showed yesterday.
The overall perinatal mortality rate - stillbirths and deaths in the first week of life - fell in England and Wales England and Wales are both constituent countries of the United Kingdom, that together share a single legal system: English law. Legislatively, England and Wales are treated as a single unit (see State (law)) for the conflict of laws. in 2004 to 8.2 deaths per 1,000 births compared with 8.5 in 2003.
But the fall was confined to women aged 25 to 34, with the largest drop of 11% seen in the 25-29 age group from 8.4 to 7.5 per 1,000 births.
In mothers under 20, the rate increased from 10.5 to 11.2 deaths per 1,000 births. The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS ONS Office for National Statistics (UK)
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The ratio of the number of deaths in the first year of life to the number of live births occurring in the same population during the same period of time. was 5.6 per 1,000 births, compared with a rate of 4.4 inside marriage.
Overall, the perinatal mortality rate was highest in women who had babies over the age of 40, at 12.1 per 1,000 births compared with the overall rate of 8.2.
The figures found that 49% of infant deaths occurred in babies with very low birth weights.
They also showed that babies of mothers born in Pakistan, the Caribbean and parts of Africa had particularly high infant mortality rates, between 8.5 and 8.9 per 1,000 births