U.S. births hit lowest level in 32 years, CDC data indicate

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U.S. births hit lowest level in 32 years, CDC data indicate

The Wall Street Journal (5/15, DeBarros, Adamy, Subscription Publication) reports the number of children born in America in 2018 was the lowest in 32 years, data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics indicate. NCHS statistician and demographer Brady Hamilton said births by older moms are becoming more frequent and births by younger moms are becoming less frequent.

The AP (5/15, Johnson) reports that “the nation’s birth rates last year reached record lows for women in their teens and 20s.” The “report, released Wednesday and based on more than 99% of U.S. birth records, found 3.788 million births last year.” According to the data, 2018 was “the fourth year the number of births has fallen” and “the lowest since 1986,” which was “a surprise to some experts given the improving economy.”   From AMA Morning Rounds 5/15/2019