• The General Fertility Rate (GFR) is the total number of live births in a year per 1,000 women of reproductive age, which for these figures is defined as 15 to 44.
• The Dudley GFR closely followed the England rate between 2001 and 2011, with both showing an increase in fertility.
• In 2012 the rate in Dudley increased to 67.7 live births per 1,000 women, taking it above the England rate of 64.9.
• The rate has remained higher in Dudley than for England since 2012, with the latest figures from 2016 being 67.2 and 62.5 respectively.
Fertility Rates by Age of Mother
• GFR by age of mother shows the highest fertility rates are in the age groups 25 to 29 years and 30 to 34 years.
• The lowest fertility rates are in the age groups 40 to 44 years.
• In the age group 20 to 24 years the rate indicates a generally decreasing trend in fertility.
• It can be seen that rates in younger ages are decreasing and in older ages are increasing.