Martyn Brown – Daily Express August 9, 2011
ONLY one baby in 10 born in some parts of the country has a mother of white British origin, figures revealed yesterday.
Britain’s rapidly changing ethnic make-up means white British women are now in a minority on maternity wards in 27 NHS hospital trust areas.
Across the country as a whole, they still account for 69 per cent of pregnant women receiving hospital care. But the figures from 150 NHS trusts in England reveal the ethnic diversity in metropolitan areas.
In north-west London, only one mother in 10 was of white British origin in 2008-9. At Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in south London, mothers of white British origin made up just a quarter of those treated.
At Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust, the proportion of white British mothers was 16.5 per cent, while at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trust, it was 34 per cent.
Parts of the Home Counties also reflect shifting populations and migration. According to the figures, only 57 per cent of mothers giving birth in the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust were categorised as white British in 2008-9. Among the remaining 43 per cent, the biggest groupings were “other white” (mainly eastern Europeans) Indians, Pakistanis, Africans and “other Asians”.
In East and North Hertfordshire Trust, 63 per cent of mothers were of white British origin. In Milton Keynes it was 65 per cent and in Royal Berkshire 67 per cent.
In 19 areas, white British mothers accounted for 93 per cent of births. They included Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare Trust.
David Coleman, professor of demography at Oxford University, said: “Some ethnic groups have considerably higher birth rates, especially Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. On the other hand, the Chinese and Indian birth rate is lower.”
The average birth rate among white British mothers is 1.7 children. For Pakistanis and Bangladeshis it is about three.