THE number of babies being born in Ireland has declined according to the Perennial Statistics Report for 2012.
The report was published by the Economic and Research Institute (ESRI) and is based on data collected for the National Perinatal Reporting System (NPRS).
It details that 71,986 births were reported to the NPRS in 2012, a 3.2% drop from 2011.
However, the average age of mothers given birth has risen by 1.3 years from 2003 to 2012.
There has also been an increase in single mothers given birth with the average age rising from 26.1 years in 2003 to 28.8 years in 2012.
Perennial mortality rates have dropped 31% from 2003.
Woman under the age of 20 are also having less births with a drop from 5% in 2003 to 2% in 2012.