0738 GMT January 23, 2019
“Totally 1,534,359 births were registered between March 2014-15 in the country, showing a moderate growth of 4.2 percent compared to the corresponding figure of previous year,” he said.
“The provinces of Qom, Yazd and Alborz had the highest birth rates, which were even higher than the national average.”
Mahzoun put the ratio of boys to girls born in this period at 100 to 106.
“Multiple pregnancies increased during March 2014-15.
A total of 22,339 twin babies were born in this period,” he said.
The result of a survey conducted by the Statistical Center of Iran showed 60.2 percent of Iranian youths of marriageable age are eager to have two babies.
While close to one percent claimed they do not wish to have a baby, about 14 percent wanted only one baby.
The desirable number of babies quoted by urban and rural residents averaged 2.2 and 2.5 respectively.
About 14.6 percent of city dwellers and 9.8 percent of youths living in villages said they wish to have only one baby.
Most respondents said they expect to have their first child about 2.6 years after tying the knot, regardless of their age and sex.
About 25 percent said they wish to delay having their first baby by over five years.
The ideal age gap between children was different among male and female respondents. It was 3.9 years for men and 4.3 years for women.
About 30 percent of respondents believed the ideal age gap is over five years.