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Full coverage: Pregnancy and births in the U.S.

  • White mothers drive continued increase in U.S. home births, CDC says

    White mothers drive continued increase in U.S. home births, CDC says

    American women – especially white women – are increasingly choosing to have their babies at home instead of in a hospital, new government data show. One out of every 49 babies born to non-Latino white mothers in 2012 came into the world outside of a hospital, according to a report published Tuesday...

  • First-time moms keep skewing older in the U.S., CDC says

    First-time moms keep skewing older in the U.S., CDC says

    American women from nearly all walks of life are waiting longer to take the plunge into motherhood, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of babies born to first-time mothers who are at least 35 years old is more than nine times higher now than it...

  • Teenage pregnancy, birth, abortion rates all falling, report says

    Teenage pregnancy, birth, abortion rates all falling, report says

    Looks like good news may come in threes. The teenage pregnancy rate, birth rate and abortion rate have all dropped sharply since their respective  peaks in the 1990s, according to new research by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on reproductive health. The recent fall...

  • Premature births in the U.S. hit 15-year low, but still called high

    Premature births in the U.S. hit 15-year low, but still called high

    The rate of premature births dropped slightly in the United States last year, but the country still has a ways to go before reaching the March of Dimes’ goal of only 9.6% of babies born prematurely. Preliminary figures for 2012 show that 11.5% of births in the 50 states, the District of Columbia...

  • Singletons are on the rise thanks to changes in IVF practices

    Singletons are on the rise thanks to changes in IVF practices

    Triplets are out, singletons are in and twins are holding steady. So says a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine that examined birth trends in the United States from1971 to 2011. The authors of the report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other institutions, attribute...

  • More U.S. moms embrace breastfeeding, led by Idaho and California

    More U.S. moms embrace breastfeeding, led by Idaho and California

    Breastfeeding is on the rise in the U.S., with 77% of new mothers nursing their newborns and nearly half sticking with it for at least six months, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC’s 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card finds that the proportion of...

  • Nearly 4 million babies were born in the U.S. in 2012, CDC says

    Nearly 4 million babies were born in the U.S. in 2012, CDC says

    Talk about consistency: An estimated 3,958,000 babies were born in the U.S. in 2012, a mere 4,407 more than in 2011. That amounts to a difference of only slightly more than 0.1%. The figures were released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control...

  • For many teens, formal sex education comes too late, CDC report says

    For many teens, formal sex education comes too late, CDC report says

    Health experts have some simple advice for reducing the teen birthrate in the U.S. — make sure teens learn about abstinence and birth control before they start having sex. It sounds obvious, but it’s obviously needed, according to a report released Tuesday by researchers from the Centers for Disease...

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