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 U.S. Fertility Rate Hits Record Low In 2017

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News)  -- American women continue to wait longer to have children.

Birth rates fell for nearly all age groups of women younger than 40 in 2017, sending overall fertility rates to a record low, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

The only age group that saw a rise in birth rates: Women in their early 40s.

"This is the third year that the [overall] number of births has declined after an increase in 2014, and the lowest number of births in 30 years," said a team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the United States, the provisional or "draft" number of births in 2017 was tallied at 3,853,472 births -- a 2 percent drop from the year before.


"The newest birth statistics are very interesting," said Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.  "The United States is experiencing its lowest birth rate in 30 years. This will change the demographics of the nation, as there will be a growing number of older Americans in the coming years."

The general fertility rate among women between the ages of 15 and 44 was 60.2 births per 1,000 women, said the team led by Brady Hamilton,  of the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.  The researchers said that represents a 3 percent drop from 2016, and it's the biggest one-year decline seen since 2010.

Teen birth rates also fell 7 percent in 

2017 among teens aged 15 to 19, the CDC said.

"Education and access to contraception are big factors in decreasing teen pregnancies," Wu noted.



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