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U.S. fertility rate, teen births are on the decline

Key clinical point: The general fertility rate in the United States, defined as births per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years, decreased 2% between 2017 and 2018.

Major finding: The fertility rate decreased from 60.3 to 59.1 per 1,000 women (P less than .05).

Study details: Analysis of data from the National Vital Statistics System’s Natality Data File, which includes information on all U.S. births

Disclosures: The authors are employees of the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the CDC.


Martin JA et al. NCHS Data Brief. 2019 July; no 346.