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4,914 babies were born in 2016
In 2016, 4,914 children were born in Utrecht. That equates to 54 children per 1,000 women aged 15-45. The majority of children were born in Leidsche Rijn and Vleuten-De Meern. This is in both absolute terms as well as in the number of births per 1,000 women of childbearing age. In absolute numbers, many children were also born in Noordwest, but the number of births per 1,000 women of childbearing age is lower.

Number of births per district, absolute and per 1,000 women aged 15-44 in Utrecht:

One in 18 babies is born prematurely
5.6% of Utrecht children were born after a pregnancy of less than 37 weeks. Premature births are more common in children with a Surinamese, Antillean or Aruban background. Children without a migration background of parents with a lower level of education are also more likely to be born prematurely.

Fewer teenage and young mothers in Utrecht

In Utrecht, teenage motherhood or young motherhood is less common than on average in the Netherlands and in Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam. In Utrecht, the number of children born per thousand women is higher among women aged over 30, whereas the number of children who are born with a mother below the age of 30 is lower. One third of newborns in Utrecht have a mother aged 35 and over. At the national level, this figure is a quarter of all babies.

Teenage mothers
Mothers below the age of 20 are also referred to as teenage mothers. These mothers and their children have a higher risk of encountering problems in parenting and growing up. Receiving help and support with bonding, parenting, housing issues and a customised education package is important for these mothers.

Young mothers
Mothers aged 20-24 are referred to as young mothers. Becoming a mother at this age is not always a problem. There are mothers who can cope very well because they can rely on the help of supportive friends or family, for example. However, if the young mother has a low level of education, financial problems, housing problems or psycho-social problems, this can have negative consequences for the child.