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U.S. Reports Continuing Drop in Birth Rate
The number of births in the United States has declined since reaching an all-time high in 2007, according to a new federal government report. Data from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show that births fell by 4 percent between 2007 and 2009 — from 4,316,233 to 4,131,019. The researchers noted that a preliminary count of births through June 2010 indicates continuing declines. The only increase in birth rates occurred among women in their 40s, rising 6 percent among women 40 to 44 years old.