Women in 30s now having more babies than younger moms in US

Faith Castro
May 19, 2017

For the first time in decades, women in their early 30s are having more babies than women in their 20s in the United States, showing that parenthood trends are shifting throughout the country. Teen birth rates also dropped a year ago, dipping from 22.3 to 20.3 births per 100,000 teenage women. For 30 years, women in their 20s had the higher birth rate, but it's looking like the over-30s have edged them out. Now, the birth rate is higher for women ages 30 to 34. The CDC did not release the exact numbers of deliveries for each group.

A separate report by the CDC released in late 2016 found that the birth rate in the US had reached its lowest level since the government first started keeping track of the national birth rate in 1909.

The reports are based on a first look at birth and death certificates filed across the country a year ago.

The fertility rate refers to the number of children a hypothetical woman would have over the course of her reproductive life, based on females aged 15 to 49. On average, women were having their first child at the age of 28.

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Meanwhile, the birth rate among teen girls dropped. The death rate fell to around 724 per 100,000 people in 2016, down from the 733 experienced the year before. Cardiovascular disease, as well as stroke deaths, fell steadily until 2011 until it stopped decreasing a few years ago.

Birth rates for older women also increased, with 52.6 births for every 1,000 women in 2016 compared to 51.8 births per 1,000 women in 2015.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the shift happened a year ago.

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