Tuesday, March 22, 2016
An average of 200 babies are born per hour
The number of births registered in 2014 had a total of 1,748,857, a decrease of about 0.7 percent compared to 1,761,602 births in 2013. In 2014, there was an average of 4,791 babies born daily or 200 babies born per hour or three babies per minute.
The number of births from 2005 to 2014 showed an erratic trend. There was a 3.5 percent increase from the figure of 1.69 million recorded in 2005 (Figure 1 and Table 1).
More males (912,465 or 52.2%) were born than females (836,392 or 47.8%) which resulted to a sex ratio of 109 males per 100 females (Table 2).
Six out of ten births are born in Luzon
Around 60.0 percent of the total births in the country were born in Luzon, and the top three regions in terms of number of live births were in this area.
Region IV-A (CALABARZON) recorded the highest number with 257,461 births or 14.7 percent of the total. Second and third in rank were the National Capital Region (NCR) with 239,736 (13.7%) births and Region III with 196,409 (11.2%) births, respectively.
On the other hand, ARMM had the lowest number of registered births of only 14,783 (0.8%) of the total.
Nine out of ten births are medically attended
Nine out of ten births were attended by medical professionals (Physician, Nurse, and Midwife) with 1,529,351 or 87.4 percent of total births. This marked an increase of 2.0 percent from last year’s figure of 1,499,042 live births that were medically attended.
Hilots/traditional birth attendants aided in the delivery of 205,571 or 11.8 percent of the total births (Figure 3).
Almost all births delivered in NCR were medically attended with 227,389 (94.8%) (Figure 3 and Table 3).
Babies born to unwed mothers up by 3.7 percent
More than half (880,524 or 50.3 %) of the total births recorded in 2014 were born to unwed mothers. The three regions that recorded the highest number of illegitimate children born in 2014 were NCR (148,660), Region IV-A (139,773) and Region III (95,214).
The proportion of illegitimate babies born in 2014 in NCR (148,660 or 62.0 percent) and Region VIII (44,812 or 61.9 percent) were more than half of its total births. It is worth noting that 78.7 percent of the total births in foreign countries are legitimate babies (Figure 4).
More babies are born to teenage mothers than teenage fathers
Babies born to teenage mothers (209,872) were higher than those babies sired by teenage fathers (171,971). In 2013, babies born to teenage mothers were recorded at 209,582, lower by about 0.1 percent in 2014 (Figure 4).
On the contrary, those sired by teenage fathers increased in 2014 by as much as 227.5 percent from its figure in 2013 (52,512).
Moreover, babies sired by fathers aged 50 and over (27,880) were far greater than babies born to mothers of the same age group (392) (See Table 5).
Mothers at age group 20-24 were recorded with the highest frequency of live births of 506,451 or 29.0 percent.
On the other hand, fathers aged 25-29 were recorded to have sired the highest frequency at 422,732 live births or 24.2 percent.
The median age for women giving birth was 27, while most men became parents at age 30.