A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released on Thursday revealed that the U.S. Birth Rate remained stable in 2022, without returning to levels pre-pandemic, because women are giving birth at an older age.
According to a new CDC study of over 99% of birth certificate issued in the past year, moms between the ages of 15 and 20 had birth rates that were record low. However, birth rates for women aged 40 and older continued to increase.
The CDC also found that the birth rate for moms aged 35 and older continued to increase last year. It was the highest since the 1960s.
In the U.S., a little less than 3.7 million babies born last year. This is about 3,000 less than the previous year. Brady Hamilton of the CDC, who is the lead author on the report, stated that because the figures are provisional and the change is small, they consider the births as being “sort of level” from the year before.
Births in the U.S. had been declining since more than a decade before COVID-19, and then fell a staggering 4% between 2019 and 2020. In 2021 they increased by about 1%, which experts attribute to couples who had tried to delay pregnancies during the early days.
According to the CDC’s analysis, released on Thursday, women in their 30s and under continue to have the highest rates of birth. The number of women in that age group who gave birth was virtually unchanged compared to the previous year. The birth rate of women in their mid-20s, the group with the second highest birth rate, has decreased slightly.
According to the report, the number of births among Hispanic mothers increased by 6% in the past year. They now account for 25% of all U.S. births.
White mothers still account for 50% of all births, despite a 3% drop. Births by Black moms decreased 1% and accounted for 14% of total births.
In the past, the U.S. was one of only a handful of developed countries to have a high fertility rate. This ensured that each generation would have enough children to replace themselves – around 2.1 children per woman. In 2020, the rate dropped to 1.6, which was the lowest ever recorded. In 2021 it rose to almost 1.7 and stayed at that level last year.
“Immigrants have been supporting our population rates since a long time,” Karen Guzzo told NBC. She is the director of the Carolina Population Center, located at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
This is not about women who are too career-driven. She added that the story is about what happens to young people who try to make a transition into society, and whether they have enough resources to raise another generation.
According to the CDC, birth rates for women aged 35-39 years will increase by 2% between 2022 and 2022.
NBC News reports that the birth rate for women aged 40-44 has been increasing almost continuously since 1985. In the last year, this age group’s birth rate increased by 4%. In 2022 the birth rate for women aged 45 and older will increase by 12%. However, the number of babies that are born to mothers within this age group is still low.
The age structure of U.S. citizens is changing. The age structure has changed dramatically in the last decade or so. Feinian Chen is a professor at Johns Hopkins University and told NBC that the number of women in reproductive age was decreasing.
Experts attribute the decline in births among teens to more effective contraception and a comprehensive sex-education program in schools. Since 2007, the number of babies born by teen mothers – who are usually unplanned pregnancies – has steadily declined.
The U.S. teenage birth rate decreased by 3% last year — a smaller drop than that seen in 2021.
Later this year, we can expect more complete and detailed numbers for 2022. Hamilton said that the data will help to understand what happened within individual states and between different racial or ethnic groups.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June to overturn Roe v. Wade, which allowed states the right to restrict or ban abortion, may also have an impact on births.
According to The Associated Press, if such restrictions have an impact on births they did not appear in the data released by the government Thursday.
This report was contributed by The Associated Press.