USA: births increased in 2021 for the first time in seven years

Some 3,659,289 births were registered in the country last year, around 1% more than in 2020, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reported.

Since 2014, the number of births had continued to decline, on average by 2% per year, and even 4% in 2020.

The drop in 2020 had most certainly been accentuated by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the American authorities, even if it followed an underlying trend.

It could thus be that couples who temporarily postponed their childbirth plans that year are fueling the rebound observed in 2021.

The fertility rate in 2021 was 1.66 children per woman, again up 1% from the previous year – which had set an all-time low.

Despite this slight increase, this fertility rate remains well below the rate necessary for a generation to be renewed (2.1 children per woman), below which the United States fell in 1971.

Among adolescent girls aged 15 to 19, the birth rate reached a new low of 14.4 births per 1,000 women (-6% compared to 2020).

The birth rate for this age group has fallen by 65% ​​since 2007, when it has been falling steadily since, the NCHS noted.

In addition, the rate of premature births increased by 4% in 2021 compared to the previous year, to reach a high since at least 2007.

Source: AFP

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