Births in the United States, 2015
Published Date:September 2016
Corporate Authors:National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.)
Series:NCHS data brief ; no. 258
DHHS publication ; no. (PHS) 2016–1209
Description:This report presents several key demographic and maternal and infant health indicators using 2015 final birth data. Trends in general fertility rates, age-specific birth rates, cesarean and low-risk cesarean delivery, and preterm birth rates are presented. Data are from the national vital statistics birth files.
Key findings: Data from the National Vital Statistics System
• There were 3.978 million births in the United States in 2015, down less than 1% from 2014.
• The 2015 U.S. general fertility rate (births per 1,000 women aged 15–44) was down 1% from 2014.
• Birth rates dropped in 2015 to record lows among women under age 30 and rose for those aged 30–44.
• The cesarean delivery rate declined to 32.0% of births in 2015; the preterm birth rate rose slightly to 9.63% from 2014 to 2015.
Suggested citation: Martin JA, Hamilton BE, Osterman MJK. Births in the United States, 2015. NCHS data brief, no 258. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2016.
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