Birth rates in the United States have risen for the first time in seven years
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the The U.S. birth rate in 2021 has risen for the first time in seven years, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We are not yet returning to pre-pandemic levels,” said Dr. Denise Jamieson, president of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine, said.
The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics looked at 99.94% of the birth documents registered in 2021 and found a 1% increase in the birth rate that year compared to 2020.
It is the first increase in the birth rate since 2014. Before the 2021 data, the birth rate had decreased by an average of 2% each year.
The data found that 3.7 million births were reported last year, up from about 3.6 million recorded in 2020. Although the birth rate increased last year, there were still around 86,000 births in 2021. less than in 2019.
Officials think last year’s increase reflects births from pregnancies that had been postponed during the first uncertain days of the pandemic. Data shows births fell in January 2021, but increased as the year went on, said Brady Hamilton, lead author of the new report.
Birth rates increased for both Hispanic and white women, by 1% and 3%, respectively. While birth rates among Asian women, black women and Native American and Alaskan women all dropped from 1% to 4% in 2021.
Teen birth rates dropped significantly by 6%. pregnancies among older women have increased. The data show that births among women in their 30s increased by 3%, 5% for women in their 30s and 3% for women in their 40s.
“This kind of suggests [that] when we saw the drop in births from 2019 to 2020, probably many births were postponed, “Hamilton said.” People were waiting to see what happened. [with the pandemic] and rates have increased in older women as they may have proceeded to have that child. “
The Associated Press contributed to this article.