Women in 30s now having more babies than younger moms in US

Women in 30s now having more babies than younger moms in US

Women in 30s now having more babies than younger moms in US

Past year saw a slight increase in birth rates among women in their 30's, but it was not enough to offset the drop in births from younger women.

Birth rates among American women continue to fall, according to new data released on Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Based on preliminary data gathered in 2016, the CDC found the birth rate for women ages 30-34 reached about 102.6 per 1,000, whereas the birth rate for women ages 25-29 was 101.9 per 1,000. The CDC did not release the exact numbers of deliveries for each group. In addition, more teenagers are growing up with fewer of them getting pregnant. Image credit: Landon Michael Photography.

A separate report by the CDC released in late 2016 found that the birth rate in the US had reached its lowest level since the government first started keeping track of the national birth rate in 1909. It's about 103 births per 100-thousand women in that age bracket.

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The reports are based on a first look at birth and death certificates filed across the country a year ago. Results revealed that teen birth continued to drop last year and that the infant mortality rate stayed about the same as the previous year. In 2015, the heart disease death rate increased almost 1 percent, and started to go down again in 2016.

On average, women were having their first child at the age of 28, according to the findings. Overall, the birth rate in 2016 was also slightly lower than it had been in 2015.

-The overall death rate fell to about 724 per 100,000 people in 2016, down from 733 the year before.

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