CDC: U.S. Birth Rate at All-Time Low

Share this content:
CDC: U.S. Birth Rate at All-Time Low
CDC: U.S. Birth Rate at All-Time Low

FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. birth rate remained at an all-time low in 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

According to the annual report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, 3.93 million births occurred in the United States in 2013, down less than 1 percent from the year before. The general fertility rate also declined by 1 percent in 2013 to 62.5 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, reaching another record low for the United States.

Another sign that the post-recession economy is affecting family planning -- the average age of first motherhood continued to increase, rising to age 26 in 2013, compared with 25.8 the year before. Birth rates for women in their 20s declined to record lows in 2013, but rose for women in their 30s and late 40s. The rate for women in their early 40s was unchanged.

The teenage birth rate also reached an historic low in 2013 of 26.5 births per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 19. Rates fell for teens in nearly all ethnic groups, with an overall 10 percent dip from 2012. "They may be looking at the economy as a factor, but there also are a lot of policies and programs out there targeted at lessening teen births," report coauthor Brady Hamilton, a statistician/demographer with the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, told HealthDay.

More Information

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Trending Activities

All Professions

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Study Provides Estimates of U.S. Prevalence of Type 1, 2 Diabetes

Study Provides Estimates of U.S. Prevalence of Type ...

Prevalence of type 1 diabetes 0.5 percent, type 2 diabetes 8.5 percent among U.S. adults

Black Individuals at Highest Risk of Legal Intervention Injury

Black Individuals at Highest Risk of Legal Intervention ...

Increase in rates of injuries from 2005 to 2009, followed by a drop to 2015, returning to ~2005 levels

Research Links Doctor Burnout to Patient Safety Incidents

Research Links Doctor Burnout to Patient Safety Incidents

Physician burnout linked to increased risk of patient safety incidents, reduced patient satisfaction

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »