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Births : final data for 2014
  • Published Date:
    December 23, 2015
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF - 3.51 MB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.)
  • Series:
    National vital statistics reports ; v. 64, no. 12
    DHHS publication ; no. (PHS) 2016–1120
  • Document Type:
  • Description:
    Objectives—This report presents 2014 data on U.S. births according to a wide variety of characteristics. Data are presented for maternal age, live-birth order, race and Hispanic origin, marital status, attendant at birth, method of delivery, period of gestation, birthweight, and plurality. Birth and fertility rates are presented by age, live-birth order, race and Hispanic origin, and marital status. Selected data by mother’s state of residence and birth rates by age and race of father also are shown. Trends in fertility patterns and maternal and infant characteristics are described and interpreted.

    Methods—Descriptive tabulations of data reported on the birth certificates of the 3.99 million births that occurred in 2014 are presented.

    Results—In 2014, 3,988,076 births were registered in the United States, up 1% from 2013. The general fertility rate rose slightly to 62.9 per 1,000 women aged 15–44, the first increase in the rate since 2007. The teen birth rate fell 9% from 2013 to 2014, to 24.2 per 1,000 females aged 15–19. Birth rates declined for women in their early 20s but increased for women aged 25–39. The total fertility rate (estimated number of births over a woman’s lifetime) rose slightly to 1,862.5 births per 1,000 women. The birth rate for unmarried women declined for the sixth straight year. The cesarean delivery rate declined to 32.2%. The preterm birth rate declined 1% to 9.57%, but the low birthweight rate was essentially unchanged at 8.00%. The 2014 twin birth rate was 33.9 per 1,000 births, a new high for the United States; the triplet and higher-order multiple birth rate dropped 5% to 113.5 per 100,000 total births.

    Suggested citation: Hamilton BE, Martin JA, Osterman MJK, et al. Births: Final data for 2014. National vital statistics reports; vol 64 no 12. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015.

    CS260962

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