Birth rate shows slight increase
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.