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CDC – Final Birth Data for 2008 Show Slight Increase in Twin Births Rate

CDC National Vital Statistics Report – Births: Final Data for 2008, December 2010

  • “A total of 4,247,694 births were registered in the United States in 2008, 2% less the in 2007. The general fertility rate declined 1% to 68.6 per 1,000. The teenage birth rate declined 2% to 41.5 per 1,000. Birth rates for women 20 to 39 years were down 1-3%, whereas the birth rate for women 40-44 rose to the highest level reported in more than 40 years. The total fertility rate declined 2% to 2,084.5 per 1,000 women. All measures of unmarried childbearing reached record levels; 40.6% of births were to unmarried women in 2008. The cesarean delivery rate rose again to 32.3 %. The preterm birth rate declined for the 2nd straight year to 12.3%; the low birthweight rate was down very slightly. The twin birth rate increased 1% to 32.6 per 1,000; the triplet and higher order multiple birth rate was stable.”
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