For the first time in 7 years birthrates in the U.S. have gone up. This might have something to do with the fact the more women who have accomplished part of their life goals might consider they have time for a baby now.
The national birthrate rose thanks to women between 30 and 39, their average rate of births increased by 3 percent this year, and women between 40 and 44, with this age group experiencing a rise of 2 percent.
This could mean that these women felt ready to have a child only after certain other goals like education and career have been accomplished.
This idea could be reinforced by the fact that the national birthrate fell by 2 percent for women in their 20’s while teenage pregnancy fell by 9 percent.
More access to information and cultural freedom of choice especially in the poorer areas could of also influenced these numbers.
Teenage birthrates have been decreasing since 1991 , they are now 61 percent lower than in the early 90’s with 24.2 births per100 women between 15 and 19 per year.
According to the CDC in 2014 53.000 more babies were born than in 2013 which signifies an increase of more than 1 percent .
With 3.985.924 total live births in the U.S. in 2014, the rate has gone up, but specialist are not willing to cast any predictions about the future, until the possible factors that influenced higher birthrates are studied.
All racial groups of women have experienced an increased birth rate except for Native American women and Alaskan Native Women, which for unknown reasons have experienced a decrease by 2 percent.
The birthrate decrease in teenage girls, could also be attributed to education, with similar trends recorded in some European countries. Again the access to education , sexual information have helped increase the age limit at which U.S. women give birth.
In 2013 the lowest birthrate was recorded with 62.5 percent per 1000 women. But even with the good news of last year’s first increase, specialists claim that it is still not enough to maintain the population numbers nationwide.
In order to preserve current population numbers women should give birth to 2.1 children each, which is far from the current numbers ranked at approximately 1.9 each.
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