Births show big decrease for last year.
THE number of births in England and Wales fell in 2013 by the largest annual amount in nearly 40 years, official figures show.
The Office for National Statistics said live births decreased from 729,674 to 698,512 in 2013, down 4.3% which is the biggest fall since 1975.
The average age of mothers was 30 compared with 29.8 years in 2012.
The "total fertility rate" - the number of children per woman - decreased from 1.94 to 1.85.
The stillbirth rate fell to 4.7 per thousand births from 4.9 in 2012.
More than a quarter of live births were to mothers born outside the UK, an increase to 26.5% compared with 25.9% the previous year.
The annual fall in the total fertility rate (TFR) was also the largest since 1975.