Birth rate shows slight in­crease

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - — Karen Ka­plan

The na­tion’s birth rate rose 1% last year as par­ents in the U.S. wel­comed nearly 4 mil­lion ba­bies into the world, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port from the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion.

That in­crease may not sound like much, but it’s the first time in seven years that the na­tion’s birth rate has gone up.

The bump in births was pri­mar­ily linked to women in their 30s and 40s, the CDC data show. The birth rate jumped 3% for women be­tween the ages of 30 and 39, and 2% for women ages 40 to 44.

Women be­tween the ages of 25 and 29 and ages 45 and older had ba­bies at the same rate in 2014 as they did in 2013.

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