U.S. birth rate at record low in 2018, CDC says

U.S. birth rate at record low in 2018, CDC says
U.S. birth rate at record low in 2018, CDC says
Birth rate dropped last year, causing a number of births to reach the lowest level. In three decades. A provisional report from the Centers for Disease Control found 3.8 million babies were born in 2018, fertility rates fell 2 % compared to the year before. That means this generation isn’t making enough babies to replace itself. The report also found women are waiting to have babies, the only age group to see an increase in birth rates, women aged 35 to 44, while teen births reached a record low. The rate for premature births also grew slightly for the fourth year in a row.
America’s baby bust isn’t over. The nation’s birth rates last year reached record lows for women in their teens and 20s, a government report shows, leading to the fewest babies in 32 years. The provisional report, released Wednesday and based on more than 99% of U.S. birth records, found 3.788 million births last year. It was the fourth year the number of births has fallen, the lowest since 1986 and a surprise to some experts given the improving economy.

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