NCHS has released a new report that 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.
- 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%.
- 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.