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CDC: US birth rate hit 30-year low in 2017

18 May 2018, 01:27 | Erica Roy

US births sink to lowest number in 30 years, CDC says

US Fertility Rates Hit Record Lows... Again

USA women in their teens, 20s and 30s had fewer babies last year than in any year since 1987, the statistical report said.

Brady E. Hamilton, Ph.D., from the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Md., and colleagues presented provisional data for 2017 on USA births.

The birth rate for almost every group of women in the United States fell to a 30-year low in 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Similar declines were seen by race and ethnicity, with the provisional number of births down 2% for Hispanic and 3% for non-Hispanic white women in 2017, though the authors said that the number of births for non-Hispanic black women was "essentially unchanged". The total fertility rate was down 3% to 1,764.5 births per 1,000 women - which the authors noted was the lowest total fertility rate since 1978.

The number of teen births also continued to decline, dropping another 7 percent a year ago.

However, the birth rate actually went up a bit for women aged 40 to 44, the report found.

The researchers found that the provisional number of USA births in 2017 was 3,853,472, which was down 2 percent from 2016 and a 30-year low.

This is the third year that the number of births has declined after an increase in 2014, and it's the lowest number of births since 1987.

There was also a slight rise in C-section deliveries.

Rates of preterm birth and low birthweight rate also rose for the third year in a row.

The CDC report was released online May 17 in a National Vital Statistics System Rapid Release.

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