According to a new study by the National Center for Health Statistics, births in the United States fell 4 percent from 2007 to 2009. This is the most significant drop for any two year period in more than thirty years.
Using data from U.S. vital statistics natality files, the rate for women between the ages of 15 to 44 was 66.7 births per 1,000 women. The study authors say that preliminary data shows the birth rate continued to fall through June of 2010.
The one exception was for women over the age of 40, which saw a 6 percent increase in birth rate from 2007 to 2009.
According to the Associated Press, the 20 to 24 age bracket experienced a record low with birth rates decreasing by nine percent (96.3 births per 1,000 women).The study also revealed that the birth rate decline was more significant for second and third children (6 percent) than for the first child (3 percent).
For more findings and figures, visit the study’s data brief.