- Expected births in 2012 - 423,234 males and 403,095 females.
- There were 688,120 live births in England in 2011 up over 124,000 since the start of the baby boom in 2001.
- There were 723,913 live births in England and Wales in 2011, compared with 723,165 in 2010 (a rise of 0.1 per cent). There were 594,634 in 2001.
- The small rise in 2011 represents a continuation of the increasing numbers of live births recorded since 2001.
- During this period the number of live births has risen by 22 per cent from 594,634 in 2001 despite a small fall between 2008 and 2009.
A host of celebrities and sports personalities have joined a campaign calling for more midwives in England.
The Royal College of Midwives has launched an online petition calling for 5,000 more midwives in the NHS in England.