Monday, February 12, 2007

More older moms, cesearans and other US baby trends

A Babycenter newsletter highlighted recent baby trends in the US:
The teen pregnancy rate in the United States is at an all-time low, while the rate of caesarean deliveries is at an all-time high.

At the same time, the birth rates for mothers aged 30 and older rose in 2005 to levels not seen in nearly 40 years.

These findings are part of the Annual Summary of Vital Statistics: 2005, published in the February issue of Pediatrics.

The data in the report comes from U.S. vital statistics records, birth certificates, fetal death reports and death certificates. Here are some of the report's other findings:
• A record number of unmarried women are having children. The total number of births to unmarried women rose by 4 percent, to 1,525,345, in 2005.
•Slightly more than 1.7 million people were added to the U.S. population in 2004, or 5.8 persons per 1,000 population.
• The preliminary estimate of births for 2005 was 4,140,419, an increase of 1 percent from 2004.
• The general fertility rate in 2005 was 66.7 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 years, the highest level since 1993.
• The infant mortality rate was 6.79 per 1,000 live births in 2004, not statistically different from the year before. The report also found continued differences in infant mortality rates by race and ethnicity. Non-Hispanic black newborns were more than twice as likely as non-Hispanic white and Hispanic infants to die within a year of birth.

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