Drop In Number Of Births In The Midlands

Westmeath had the highest number of new arrivals.

The number of babies born in the midlands is falling.

723 births were recorded in the region between January and March, compared to 847 for the same period last year.

The number of children born in the midlands had dropped by 15% since 2019.

Westmeath had the highest number of new arrivals - with 260 babies born in the first quarter of this year.

That's followed by Laois with 252 - and Offaly with 211, according to the Central Statistics Office.

19 more boys were born than girls.

Most of the babies in Offaly and Westmeath were born to mothers between the age of 30 and 34, while they were slightly older in Westmeath, between 35 and 39.


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