Births and fertility (health and wellbeing needs in South Tyneside)


  1. Key facts for South Tyneside
  2. Fertility
  3. Infant mortality and stillbirths

Key facts for South Tyneside

  • There are roughly 1,700 births each year
  • This is projected to decrease to 1,600 births per year by 2024

Go to the most recent data on births by local authority


The total period fertility rate if the average number of children born per woman over her lifetime.

  • The total period fertility rate for South Tyneside in 2019 was 1.58
  • This is slightly below average for England of 1.66 children per woman.

The general fertility rate is the total number of live births per 1,000 woman of reproduce age (15 to 44) in a population per year.

  • Between 2015 and 2019 the general fertility rate for South Tyneside was 59.3
  • This is in the middle quintile of local authorities in England
  • Across the same period England average was 60.6

Infant mortality and stillbirths

Infant mortality is the death of a child less than 1 year of age. A stillborn baby is a baby who is born dead after 24 completed weeks of pregnancy.  Compared to England:

  • Between 2017 and 2019 South Tyneside had the lowest rate of Infant Mortality in the North East (2.6 per 1,000 live births)
  • England had an Infant Mortality rate of 3.9 per 1,000 across the same period 
  • Between 2017 and 2019 South Tyneside had a stillbirth rate of 55.0 per 1,000 live births, this was similar to England's rate of 5.0 per 1,000

Last updated: October 2021