Category: birth certificate

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Reached Another Historic Low in 2022

A circle image on the left shows three teenage girls smiling, and a green background circle on the right states the provisional birth rate for teens ages 15 to 19 reached a record low in 2022.

The teen birth rate in the United States decreased 3% from 2021, reaching a record low for this age group. The 2022 rates declined for both younger (ages 15–17) and older (ages 18–19) teenagers. The teen birth rate has declined every year except for two (2006 and 2007) since 1991. The new report, “Births: Provisional Read More >

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Declines in Births by Month: United States, 2020

NCHS released a report that presents provisional 2020 and final 2019 and 2018 data on changes in the number of U.S. births by race and Hispanic origin of mother and by month of birth and state. Findings: From 2019 to 2020, the number of births for the United States declined for each month, with the Read More >

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Births: Provisional Data for 2020

The general fertility rate in the U.S. reached another record low in 2020 and the number of births in 2020 fell for the sixth straight year, according to provisional statistics released today by NCHS. The provisional data are featured in a new report, “Births: Provisional Data for 2020,” which is based on over 99% of Read More >

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State Teen Birth Rates by Race and Hispanic Origin: United States, 2017–2018

New NCHS report presents changes in state-specific birth rates for teenagers between 2017 and 2018 by race and Hispanic origin of mother. Read More >

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Births: Final Data for 2018

Questions for Joyce Martin, Health Statistician and Lead Author of “Births: Final Data for 2018” Q: What is new in this report from the 2018 provisional birth report? JM: In addition to providing final numbers and rates for numerous birth characteristics such as fertility rates, teen childbearing, cesarean delivery and preterm and low birthweight, this Read More >

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Births: Provisional Data for 2017

Questions for Brady E. Hamilton, Ph.D., Demographer, Statistician, and Lead Author of “Births: Provisional Data for 2017” Q: What did you think was the most interesting finding in your new analysis? BH: The report includes a number of very interesting findings. The general fertility rate, 60.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15–44, declining 3% in Read More >

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Interpregnancy Intervals in the United States: Data From the Birth Certificate and the National Survey of Family Growth

A new NCHS report looks at data on interpregnancy intervals (IPI), defined as the timing between a live birth and conception of a subsequent live birth, from a subset of jurisdictions that adopted the 2003 revised birth certificate. The data contains births to residents of the 36 states and the District of Columbia (DC) that implemented the Read More >

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National Birth Defects Prevention Month

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.  Major birth defects are conditions present at birth that cause structural changes in one or more parts of the body. They can have a serious, adverse effect on health, development, or functional ability. Birth defects – also known as congenital anomalies – are a leading cause of infant death Read More >

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Births–Using the NCHS Vital Stats Tool

  NCHS birth tables with a variety of variables for selection are available at By selecting the national or subnational (i.e., state and some county) levels, you can find specific statistics for national, state, and some county birth rates, fertility rates, method of delivery (vaginal or cesarean), length of pregnancy, birthweight, characteristics of the mother Read More >

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New birth statistics released–teen birth rate raises once again

New birth statistics released today by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reveal that the U.S. teen birth rate increased slightly in 2007 for the second straight year. The findings are published in a new report, “Births: Preliminary Data for 2007,” based on analysis of nearly 99% of birth records reported to 50 States Read More >

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Teen births increase in over one-half of states

The teen birth rate increased in more than half of all 50 states in 2006, according to an NCHS report released today. Click here for the report. The data show teen birth rates were highest in the South and Southwest, with the highest rate recorded in Mississippi (68.4), followed by New Mexico (64.1) and Texas Read More >

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New Birth Certificate Expanded Health Data, 2005

This new report presents data for 2005 on check-box items exclusive to the 2003 U.S. Standard Birth Certificate of Live Birth.  Information in check-boxes  is shown in the following categories:  Risk factors in pregnancy, Obstetric procedures, characteristics of labor and delivery, Method of delivery, Abnormal condition of the newborn, and Congenital anomalies of the newborn.  Read More >

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