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Births By Month
Birth to Death Rankings
Teen Births Down, Unmarried Births Up
Teen Birth Rate Hits Record Low
Birth Rates Rise for Women Aged 30-44: More Older and Unmarried Moms in 2003, Says CDC
The Preemie Population

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U.S. Births by Month, 1995-2017


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Source: Calculated from National Center for Health Statistics data


Teen Births Down, Unmarried Births Up

CDC Reports New Low in Teen Birth Rate; Record High in Births to Unmarried Moms - 11/06.

A 6% drop in births to black teens helped push the 2005 U.S. teen birth rate to the lowest level ever recorded: 40.4 births per 1,000 teens.

Meanwhile, the number of births to unmarried moms set a record high.

The statistics come from a CDC analysis of U.S. birth records.

The 2005 teen birth rate is 2% lower than in 2004. And it is 35% lower than 1991's record high of 61.8 births per 1,000 teens.

"The decline in teenage childbearing has been documented across all race and ethnic populations, but most impressive has been the decline in these rates for non-Hispanic black teenagers," said CDC researcher Brady Hamilton, PhD, an author of the report.

Despite the drop in teen births, 2005 saw yet another increase in babies born to unmarried women.

Unmarried American women had 1.52 million children in 2005 -- 4% more than in 2004 and a record high.

In 2005, 36.8% of U.S. births were to unmarried women.

Also, the CDC found low birth weight to be an increasing problem for U.S. children. Low birth weight puts a child at risk of poor health and developmental problems.

In 2005, 8.2% of U.S.-born babies had low birth weight -- up from 8.1% in 2004. That caps a more than 20% increase since the mid-1980s.

In a related finding, premature births rose to 12.7% of all U.S. births in 2005, up from 12.5% in 2004 -- and 20% higher than in 1990.

Other data from the report:

Caesarean deliveries -- children born via C-section -- increased by 4% in 2005 to 30.2% of all births. This rate has gone up 46% in the last decade.

4.14 million U.S. babies were born in 2005 -- up 1% over 2004.

The U.S. fertilityfertility rate -- births per 1,000 women age 15-44 -- rose to 66.7 in 2005, compared with 66.3 in 2004.
Sources: By Daniel DeNoon. Hamilton, B. CDC National Center for Health Statistics web site, "Births: Preliminary Data for 2005," accessed Nov. 21, 2006. News release, CDC.,

Teen Birth Rate Hits Record Low

Fewer high school students are having sex these days, and more are using condoms. The teen birth rate has hit a record low.

More young people are finishing high school, too, and more little kids are being read to, according to the latest government snapshot on the well-being of the nation's children. It's good news on a number of key wellness indicators, experts said of the report being released Friday.

"The implications for the population are quite positive in terms of their health and their well-being," said Edward Sondik, director of the National Center for Health Statistics. "The lower figure on teens having sex means the risk of sexually transmitted diseases is lower."

In 2005, 47 percent of high school students _ 6.7 million _ reported having had sexual intercourse, down from 54 percent in 1991. The rate of those who reported having had sex has remained the same since 2003.

Of those who had sex during a three-month period in 2005, 63 percent _ about 9 million _ used condoms. That's up from 46 percent in 1991.

The teen birth rate, the report said, was 21 per 1,000 young women ages 15-17 in 2005 _ an all-time low. It was down from 39 births per 1,000 teens in 1991.

"This is very good news," said Sondik. "Young teen mothers and their babies are at a greater risk of both immediate and long-term difficulties."

The birth rate in the 15-19 age group was 40 per 1,000 in 2005, also down sharply from the previous decade.

Education campaigns that started years ago are having a significant effect, said James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, a Washington-based nonprofit group that focuses on prevention of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

"I think the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the efforts in the '80s and '90s had a lot to do with that," Wagoner said of the improved numbers on teen sex, condoms and adolescent births.

"We need to encourage young teens to delay sexual initiation and we need to make sure they get all the information they need about condoms and birth control," he said.

The report was compiled from statistics and studies at 22 federal agencies, and covered 38 key indicators, including infant mortality, academic achievement rates and the number of children living in poverty.

Other highlights:

The report was released by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics _ a consortium of federal agencies that includes the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Census Bureau and the Administration for Children and Families. Click here for pdf file.

Birth Rates Rise for Women Aged 30-44: More Older and Unmarried Moms in 2003, Says CDC

More older and unmarried women became moms in 2003, according to the latest U.S. birth rate statistics.

The numbers come from the CDC's new report, "Births: Preliminary Data for 2003," and include virtually all of last year's U.S. births, which were recorded by state vital statistics offices.

Birth Rate Age Trends

Women aged 35-39 had a birth rate increase of 6%, reaching 43.8 births per 1,000 women. There was also a 5% birth rate increase for women aged 40-44, with 8.7 births per 1,000 women.

"The rates for women aged 35-39 years and 40-44 years have been increasing continuously since 1978 and 1985, respectively," says the CDC.

In addition, the birth rate for women aged 30-34 years rose 4%, reaching 95.2 births per 1,000 women.

The older-mom trend stopped at age 44. The birth rate held steady for women aged 45-49 at 0.5 births per 1,000 women.

Although women in their 30s and early 40s had the greatest percentage increases in birth rates, the highest birth rate occurred among women in their late 20s.

Women aged 25-29 had a birth rate of almost 116 births per 1,000 women, a 2% rise since 2002.

Fewer Younger Moms

In contrast, birth rates dropped for women in their teens and early 20s.

Women aged 20-24 had a 1% drop in their birth rate between 2002 and 2003, falling to about 103 births per 1,000 women.

The teen birth rate (aged 15-19) fell 3% since 2002, with about 42 births per 1,000 women.

"Rates fell for teenagers in all race and Hispanic origin groups, in many cases marking new record lows for the nation," says the report.

More Unmarried Mothers

Besides being older, more moms in 2003 were unmarried. The birth rate for unmarried women rose 3% in 2003 to almost 45 births per 1,000 women, according to the CDC. That rate includes all unmarried women aged 15-44.

"The proportion of births to unmarried women also increased in 2003 to 34.6%, compared with 34% in 2002," says the CDC.

Protecting Prenatal Health

The CDC report includes two positive pregnancy trends.

More women who gave birth in 2003 didn't smoke while they were pregnant.

"The proportion of mothers smoking during pregnancy continued to steadily decline in 2003, from 11.4% in 2002 to 11%," says the report.

In addition, a greater percentage of women got prenatal care within the first three months of pregnancy (84.1% in 2003 vs. 83.7% in 2002).

Birth Trends

Cesarean sections accounted for nearly 28% of all births in 2003. That's 6% more than in 2002, and one-third higher than in 1996, says the CDC.

The rate of women having their first cesarean delivery rose 6%, and the rate of women giving birth vaginally after a previous cesarean section dropped 16% in 2003.

Unrelated to means of delivery, more babies were born early and at low birth weights last year.

"The preterm rate increased from 12.1% to 12.3% and low birth weight rose from 7.8% to 7.9%," says the CDC.
Sources: Miranda Hitti, CDC, "Births, Preliminary Data for 2003." News release, CDC

The Preemie Population

New data on premature births suggests the U.S. is going in the wrong direction. What's to blame?

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August has the highest percentage of births making December a very busy month.

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