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Nation at a Glance: First Births to Women Aged 40-44

May 23, 2014

According to a recent NCHS Data Brief, "First Births to Older Women Continue to Rise," the average age of women at first birth has risen over the past 4 decades. Delayed childbearing affects the size, composition and future growth of the population of the United States. First time older mothers are generally better educated and more likely to have more resources (including higher incomes) than those at the youngest reproductive ages. However, increased health risks to older mothers--especially those 40 years and older--and their infants are well documented.

The overall U.S. first birth rate for women aged 40-44 rose 35.3 percent from 2000 to 2012. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia (DC) had an increase in the first birth rates for women aged 40-44 in that time period. Fifteen states, many in the Midwest, had rises of 40.0 percent to 59.9 percent in first birth rates among women in this age group. In DC, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Carolina, the first birth rate for women aged 40-44 rose 60 percent or more.

Click on individual states and reporting areas to see first birth rates for women aged 40-44 in 2000 and 2012, and the percentage change in that time period.

[By place of residence. Rates are births per 1,000 women in specified age group. Populations are estimated as of April 1 for 2000 and July 1 for 2012.]

SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System. The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
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