Babb P., Bethune A. Trends in births outside marriage. Population Trends 1995; (81): 17-22

The sharp rise in births outside marriage has been one of the most striking trends in fertility in recent years. Statistics from OPCS birth statistics and the Longitudinal Study are used in this article to summarise the main trends in births outside marriage in England and Wales. The differences in extra-marital fertility between social classes are then examined, as well as patterns of low birthweight.