The West Midlands has the highest regional fertility rate in the country, figures have shown.
Each woman in the West Midlands gave birth to 2.04 children on average in 2007, according to fertility rate figures for England and Wales released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The national average was 1.91 children per woman - the highest figure since 1973, when each woman gave birth to two children on average.
This is up on the 1.86 children per woman in 2006 and is the sixth consecutive year it has risen.
A low point of 1.63 children per women was recorded in 2001. However, the 2007 rate is still far lower than it was in the 1960s - it reached a peak of 2.93 children per woman in 1964.
The lowest regional rate was 1.82 in the North East.
Fertility rates across all age groups except those under the age of 20 increased in 2007. The highest increase was among women aged 40 and over - up 6% on figures for 2006.
Fertility rates for women aged 40 and over have more than doubled in 15 years, reaching 12.1 live births per 1,000 women in 2007. Over the last decade, the number of live births to mothers aged 40 and over has almost doubled, from 12,914 in 1997 to 25,350 in 2007.
Among the local authorities in England, Newham in east London, had the highest rate with 2.71 children per woman, while Westminster had the lowest, with 1.24.
In Wales, the highest total fertility rate in 2007 was 2.15, in the Isle of Anglesey and Powys.
The lowest was in Ceredigion, with 1.68.
Other statistics released today by the ONS showed there were 3,345 infant deaths in 2007, a rate of 4.8 deaths per 1,000 live births.
This is the lowest rate ever recorded in England and Wales.
Meanwhile, the total number of live births increased 3% between 2006 and 2007, from 669,601 in 2006 to 690,013 in 2007.
The number of live births has been on the rise since 2001 and is now at the highest level since 1991, when there were 699,217 live births, the statistics showed.
Figures for babies born to mothers born outside the UK rose between 2006 and 2007, with 23% (160,358) of live births being to mothers born outside the UK in 2007, compared with 22% (146,956) in 2006.