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Healthy start

Number of live births
2017 ONS
Low birth weight (term babies)
2016 ONS
Infant mortality
per 1,000 2014-16 ONS
Breastfeeding prevalence
2016-17 PHE
Smoking status at time of delivery
2016/17 HSCIC


Around 9,050 babies are born each year in Norfolk. While motherhood is usually a positive and fulfilling experience, it can be associated with poor physical and mental health. Promoting healthy behaviours can give children the best start in life. Smoking in pregnancy can cause serious pregnancy-related health problems including complications during labour and an increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, low birth-weight and sudden unexpected death in infancy. Breastfeeding is associated with positive health outcomes for both mother and baby in early years and later life, rates of breastfeeding in Norfolk are improving. In their first year infants are vulnerable to ill health and accidents, and as a consequence have a high rate of using health services and admissions to hospital.

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