According to the figures released yesterday, only one mother out of the ten of new born babies in some regions of the UK, are of white British origin. This shows that the ethnic make-up of the country is changing swiftly, which is leading to a minority of British women on maternity wards in 27 NHS hospital trust areas.
If the pregnant white British origin women are seen across the nation, then a total of 69% of them receive the hospital care. But there is an ethnic diversity, which is majorly visible in the metropolitan areas, as per the data revealed from 150 NHS trusts of England. Also, there is a major difference between the backgrounds of mothers from the urban and the rural regions.
As per one London health trust, the white British mothers were only 9.4% out of all births; whereas in the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, the percentage rises to 97.4% of all births. The figures from Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust reveal 16.5% of it, and 34% at the Bradford Teaching Hospitals 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”.