Survey points to higher U.S. birth rate
in future: CDC
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[October 13, 2016]
By David Beasley
(Reuters) - More U.S. women expect to have
children some time in the future than they did in 2002, according to a
federal study released on Thursday, which could point to a higher U.S.
A survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
found that half of women aged 15–44 expected to have children, up from
46 percent in a 2002 survey.
"It's not a huge increase but it is a statistically significant
increase," one of the study's authors, Jill Daugherty, said.
The increase could indicate a higher U.S. birth rate at some point in
the future, Daugherty said. The new study did not examine what was
behind the increase.
The overall number of U.S. births declined slightly in 2015 to 3.97
million from 3.98 million the year before, according to the CDC. The
drop followed an increase in 2014, the first since 2007, the agency
Since 2002, there has also been a slight decrease in the statistical
average number of children women expect to have, from 2.3 to 2.2,
according to the survey of 5,699 women.
As women age, their expectations for having children decrease regardless
of how many children they already have, the study found.
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and One World Trade Center in a park along the Hudson River in
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More than two-thirds of married women did not expect to have a child
in the future and 82 percent of women who already had two children
did not expect to have another, it found.
The rate of births to teenage mothers in the United States has
dropped dramatically in recent years to record lows.
(Reporting by David Beasley in Atlanta; Editing by Curtis Skinner
and Janet Lawrence)
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