Births : preliminary data for 2014
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      Objectives—This report presents preliminary 2014 data on U.S. births. Births are shown by age, live-birth order, race, and Hispanic origin of mother. Data on marital status, cesarean delivery, preterm births, and low birthweight are also presented. Methods—Data are based on 99.71% of 2014 births. Records for the few states with less than 100% of records received are weighted to independent control counts of all births received in state vital statistics offices in 2014. Comparisons are made with final 2013 data and earlier years. Results—The 2014 preliminary number of U.S. births was 3,985,924, an increase of 1% from 2013. The number of births increased for women in all race and Hispanic origin groups in 2014 except for American Indian or Alaska Native women, for whom births decreased. The general fertility rate was 62.9 births per 1,000 women aged 15–44, up 1% from 2013, and the first increase in the fertility rate since 2007. The birth rate for teenagers aged 15–19 decreased 9% in 2014 to 24.2 births per 1,000 women, yet another historic low for the nation; rates decreased for both younger and older teenagers to record lows. The birth rate for women in their early 20s declined to 79.0 births per 1,000 women, another record low. Birth rates for women in their 30s and early 40s increased in 2014. The nonmarital birth rate declined 1% in 2014, to 44.0 births per 1,000 unmarried women aged 15–44, dropping for six consecutive years. The cesarean delivery rate was down 2%, and the low-risk cesarean delivery rate was down 3%, in 2014. The preterm birth rate (based on a change in measure) was down in 2014 to 9.57%. The low birthweight rate was essentially unchanged in 2014 at 8.00%. Suggested citation: Hamilton BE, Martin JA, Osterman MJK, Curtin SC. Births: Preliminary data for 2014. National vital statistics reports; vol 64 no 6. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. CS256503
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