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STUDY: Teen Birth Rate Drops for 2012, Older Women Having More Babies

STUDY: Teen Birth Rate Drops for 2012, Older Women Having More Babies

The average age of women giving birth in the United States rose in 2013 as the country’s birthrate stayed steady, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The birthrate among teenagers and women in their early 20s are at historic lows for 2012, according to the report. At the same time, the number of women who had babies in their 30s and 40s increased.

Since 2007, American’s have been having fewer babies every year, a trend that some link to the economic woes of the country. However, the study shows that the decline has leveled for the first time in five years.

Nearly 4 million babies were born in 2012.

Teen birth rates were set at 29.4 for every 1,000 young women between the ages of 15 and 19. Five years ago the rate was 41.4 births per 1,000 women.

Women in their 20s gave birth more than any other age group. They accounted for more than 2 million of the babies born in the U.S. – that’s more than half of all born.

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