The National Center for Health Statistics will publish the "Annual Summary of Vital Statistics: 2013-2014" in the June 2017 issue of Pediatrics, highlighting a continuing decline in teenage birthrates and an increase in birthrates for women age 30 and older.
The summary, to be published online May 30, also reports infant mortality rates and trends in the deaths of children ages 1 to 19 years old. Data were obtained from vital records that include birth certificates, death certificates and reports of fetal death for residents in all U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
The summary states that, in 2014, the number of overall births increased 1%—to 3,988,076%—compared with 2013. The teenage birthrate (ages 15-19 years) dropped 9% during the same time period, continuing a historic decline for the United States at 24.2 births per 1,000 women. The proportion of births to women age 30 and older rose to 30% in 2014, up from 24% in 2000. Decreases were observed in numbers of cesarean deliveries, preterm births and the infant mortality rate, which declined by 2.3% in 2014 to 5.82 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. Crude death rates for children ages 1 to 19 did not change significantly between 2013 and 2014.
Unintentional injuries and suicide, respectively, were the first and second leading causes of death in this age group, accounting for more than 46% of all deaths to children and adolescents in 2014.