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Most babies in Co Waterford born to unmarried parents; CSO figures reveal number of births registered out of wedlock.

Byline: PAT FLANAGAN

THE majority of babies born in the first three months of 2018 in Co Waterford were to unmarried couples, figures revealed. Nearly 58% of births in the south-east county were registered to parents outside wedlock or civil partnership.

That compares to a nationwide average of 37.8% - and just 23.4% in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown.

The Central Statistics Office figures yesterday showed the number of births fell by 828 in the first three months of the year while deaths were up by 211 on the same period last year.

The number of births minus the number of deaths resulted in a natural population increase of 6,381.

d, In that time there were 55 infant deaths registered, giving the country an infant mortality rate of 3.5 per 1,000 live births.

Boys outnumbered girls when it came to new arrivals with 8,006 being born compared o 6d fewer babies in first three 2018 compared to 7,653 females.

hsl The 15,659 births represent an annual birth rate of 13.1 per thousand population, slightly down on the same period last year.

The average age of first-time mothers was 31 while the average age of all mothers at the time of births registered was 32 and nine months.

Of all the births, 9,740 (62.2%) were to married couples. There were 5,919 births registered as outside marriage or civil partnership accounting for 37.8% of all births in the first quarter of 2018.

shi qu 828 were born months of to 2017 ow The highest number of new babies registered was in Dublin City with 1,805 (11.5% of total live births in the country) followed by Cork with 1,442 (9.2%). Leitrim had the lowest number with 109 babies being born (0.7%). And Louth is the most consistent county with 457 births, the exact same as in the first three months of 2017.

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