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 2008, 4,247,694 babies were born in the US. this was a 2 percent drop from 2007.
  • The mean age for women having their first baby in 2008 is 25.1 years, compared with 25.2 in 2003.
  • Birth rates for women 35 to 39  are 46.9 births per 1,000 women, and 9.8 births per 1,000 for women 40 to 44. The birth rate for women 40 to 44 is the the highest in four decades.
  • The birth rate for teenagers ages 15 to 19 years increased 5 percent between 2005 and 2007. 2008 saw a 2 percent decrease when compared to 2007. The current rate for this age group is 41.5 per 1,000 births.
  • In 2008, the twin birth rate was 32.6 twin births per 1,000 women.
  • The preterm birth rate (less than 37 weeks in the womb) was 12.3 percent in 2008.
  • Cesarean deliveries accounted for 32.3 percent of all births in 2008. 2008 is the 12th consecutive year in which Cesarian deliveries have increased and represents a 56 percent increase since 1996 when Cesarian deliveries were at a low of 20.7 percent.

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