Fertility Rates Drop to Lowest Level Measured in the US, Says the CDC


Fertility rates in America — the number of babies born per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 — are at the lowest levels ever recorded, according to researchers in a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The findings are based on population data from the CDC that track birth and fertility statistics dating back to 1909. This does not indicate there are more infertile women; rather it means that fewer babies are being born to women of likely childbearing age in the U.S. Measuring the fertility rate is viewed as a more accurate measure than overall birthrate, which compares babies born with the total U.S. population.

The fertility rate decreased from 60 births per 1,000 women in the first quarter of 2015 to 59.8 per 1,000 in the first quarter of 2016. This means there are on average fewer than six babies born for every 100 women in this age group. In 2010 there were 6.4 births for every 100 women in the group. This follows a trend in recent years of declining birthrates in the U.S., with general fertility rates declining more than 10 percent since 2007.

This is the first time the CDC is releasing the fertility rate data quarterly instead of annually, in an effort to understand more trends from this data and provide better information to public health and other medical officials.

The “report is trying to give us a picture of what is happening to fertility among U.S. women by specific characteristics, in particular by age,” said Donna Strobino, a professor of population, family and reproductive health at Johns Hopkins University.

The report also found a continued decline in birthrates for women ages 15 to 29 and a drop in teen birthrates. The birthrate for those 15 to 19 declined from 22.7 per births per 1,000 women in the first quarter of 2015 to 20.8 births per 1,000 in the first quarter of 2016.

While teen pregnancy is decreasing, the birthrate among women 30 to 44 is increasing, from 95.6 per 1,000 women in the first quarter of 2015 to 97.9 per 1,000 for the same period this year — part of an ongoing trend.



They act surprised. Decades of efforts to combat the unfortunate issue of teen pregnancy while also working to improve education across the board for women have paid off. Women are now waiting more and more until they’re ready to have children. The downside of course is that women who wait longer tend to have less fertile years ahead of them and thus have less children. But it’s not like this trend should shock anyone.


It isn’t just that, it is also becoming too expensive to have children.


“Fertility Rates” should be changed to “Number of Babies Born.” Most women who are healthy are fertile.

As the largest demographic in history, the wrongly named “Baby Boomers” have all passed their safe time to have babies. And contraception makers continue to make product to make sex possible without that “bundle of joy.” A generation, going on two, of women and men have been programmed to believe “babies bad,” but lots of sex, married or not, good. Morality? What are you talking about? I’m talking about the next generation of human beings and true sacrificial love.



Shouldn’t they be upping the “44” cut-off age? Fine, it’s hard to get pregnant at that age, but it’s far more common than in the past.


Proportionally I don’t know if kids are terribly more expensive to have than they were a generation or two ago. The issue that is hitting us is that your dollar in general doesn’t go as far as it used to and salaries in general have not kept up with that.


Would you say that relative to surplus income without children it has become more expensive? When you don’t have as many dollars if a child costs the same in number of dollars it is now proportionally more expensive.


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