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Release: Child Mortality Statistics: Childhood, Infant and Perinatal, 2009

Released: 17 March 2011 Next edition: 26 April 2012

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Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Population, Deaths, Mortality Rates, Causes of Death, Health and Social Care, Health of the Population

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Country

Presents data on stillbirths, infant deaths and childhood deaths occurring annually in England and Wales. Also contains data on cause of death, sex and age-group plus analyses by some of the key risk factors affecting stillbirths and infant deaths including age of mother and birthweight.

Before 2008, tables were published as part of the annual publication Mortality Statistics: Childhood, infant and perinatal, England and Wales (Series DH3). The data years available include 1999 - 2007.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to infant mortality statistics, please see Child Mortality Metadata (163.2 Kb Pdf) and  Summary Quality Reports for Child Mortality Statistics (218.6 Kb Pdf) .

The birth cohort tables for infant deaths provide specific data for deaths of infants born in a given calendar year using additional data from the birth record. Gestation specific mortality  presents data on live births and infant deaths by gestational age, while Infant and perinatal mortality by social and biological factors provides statistics on infant and perinatal mortality by father's occupation, mother's country of birth, birthweight, mother's age. Unexplained deaths in infancy includes both sudden infant deaths and deaths for which the cause remained unknown or unascertained

There are also rolling three-year aggregated infant mortality figures at local authority level.

The Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables provide quarterly and annual infant mortality data for the United Kingdom and its constituent countries (based on deaths registered in a year).

Summary data for infant mortality in England and Wales (based on deaths registered in the year) are available in the Deaths registrations summary tables.

A geographical breakdown of infant death numbers and rates by local authority and county level (based on deaths registered in the year) is available in Deaths registered in England and Wales by area of usual residence.

For data for other UK countries please see the latest infant death statistics for Northern Ireland and the latest infant death statistics for Scotland.

The Births summary tables, England and Wales provide key summary statistics for live births in England and Wales.

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