Tests & Procedures

Birth Statistics

Consider the most recent statistics available from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • In 2010, 3,999,386 babies were born in the US. This was a 3 percent drop from 2009.
  • The mean age for women having their first baby in 2010 is 25 years.
  • The first-birth birth rate for women 30 to 34 and 40 to 44 is on the rise.
  • The birth rate for teenagers ages 15 to 19 years decreased by 10 percent in 2010. to 34.2 per 1,000. This is the lowest reported level in the United States in seven decades.
  • In 2010, the twin birth rate decreased to 33.1 twin births per 1,000 women.
  • The preterm birth rate (less than 37 weeks in the womb) was 11.99 percent in 2010.
  • Cesarean deliveries accounted for 32.8 percent of all births in 2010.

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Last reviewed: 5/29/2013