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U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Contact: Kyle Garrity Office phone: 914-262-3080 E-mail: [email protected] For Immediate Release U.S. BIRTH RATE AT IT’S LOWEST The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) birth statistics were released today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), showing a record low in birth rates in the U.S. The birthrate showed a decline of 1 percent, going from 14.1 per 1,000 persons two years ago to 13.9 per 1,000 persons last year. Birthrates have been have been dropping since 1990, primarily birth rates of younger teens, 15-17 years of age, which show a drop of 38 percent from 1990. “The reduction in teen pregnancy has clearly been one of the most important public health
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Unformatted text preview: success stories of the past decade,” said HHS spokesperson John Smith. “The fact that this decline in teen births is continuing represents a significant accomplishment.” The CDC report showed that while the overall birthrate has dropped a considerable amount over the past 15 years, the birthrates for older mothers (35-44) are still on the rise. The current low birth rate reflects the smaller proportion of women of childbearing age in the U.S. population, as baby boomers age and Americans are living longer. Data on births are based on information reported on birth certificates files in state vital statistics offices and reported to CDC through the National Vital Statistics System....
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