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U.S. Births Decline; Economy to Blame?
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About 4.1 Million Babies Were Born in the U.S. in 2009, a 2.6% Decline From 2008, the CDC Says
Reviewed By Laura J. Martin, MD
Aug. 27, 2010 -- The number of babies born in the United States declined an estimated 2.6% in 2009 compared to the previous year, the CDC says. And it may be the result of the downturn in the economy.
The new report, by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, says provisional data indicate that an estimated 4,136,000 babies were born in 2009, compared to 4,247,000 in 2008.
The report also found that:
The statistics are contained in National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication of the CDC and its National Center for Health Statistics.
It presents early data from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., plus Puerto Rico, but stresses the statistics are preliminary.
The study also reports that:
SOURCES: Tejada-Vera, B. National Vital Statistics Reports, Aug. 27, 2010; vol 58.