Chances Of An Increase In Birth Rates In USA As Suggested By CDC Data

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : March 2, 2022

The number of infants born in the United States keeps on taking hold in a decreasing direction yet “might be getting back to pre-pandemic levels” presently, as recommended by another government report.

Chances Of An Increase In Birth Rates In USA As Suggested By CDC Data

The CDC’s preliminary data on US births in 2020 showed a continued decline in the number of babies born, but the agency has not yet released exact figures. Based on the preliminary data provided by the CDC and state health departments, it showed that there were 3.1 million fewer births last year than in 2020. 

Chances Of An Increase In Birth Rates In USA As Suggested By CDC Data

The rate of decline was similar to the previous years when it fell by about 0.5% per year. But this time around the drop is much steeper: In 2021, birth rates fell by 2% compared with 2020 — or an additional 100000 births a month.

This 2% drop in the first half of 2021 compared to the year-earlier, was reported by the new National Center for Health Statistics report, which was delivered on Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A similar decrease in births was noticed for the initial half of 2020, and births fell 5% at the end of 2020.

The reports had information for US birth records from January 2019 through June 2021 and were handled by the National Center for Health Statistics as of September 21, 2021.    The starter information for 2021 depended on 99.92% of all the birth records.

As per the new statistical data, the average number of births deteriorated for all races in the initial months of 2021, however, there were a few distinctions across states.

Birth rates fell in 19 states including places like Washington, DC, while they expanded in four states: Connecticut, Idaho, Tennessee, and New Hampshire, as per further information. Decreases in 17 extra states were not that critical, nine states announced increments that were not huge, and state-level information for Alaska was not displayed in the report. Provincially, the biggest downfalls were seen in New Mexico at 5% and Washington, DC, at 9%.

However, further preliminary data suggested that these declines may be temporary and could even reverse course as more babies are born than died during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) said that this decline was not even surprising after the historic decline since 2019. She added that it was important to note that their preliminary estimates showed an increase over last year and the cause of the increase was still unknown.

Babies that were born between this period experienced an increase in fertility compared with those born before 2019 or after 2021—a phenomenon called the post-recession rebound effect—but this effect has now largely dissipated as fertility declines have resumed.

This could indicate that women who postponed childbearing during the economic recession are starting to become pregnant again because they believe it will provide them with better economic opportunities for themselves and their families; however, such changes can take several years to develop fully into trends among all women who delay childbearing due to financial reasons or other personal circumstances related to work or family responsibilities.

The preliminary analysis had suggested that the U.S. birth rates may be returning to pre-pandemic levels,” as quoted by Drs. Robert Anderson and William Jernigan from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), conducted the study with NCHS colleagues using data from Vital Statistics Natality Birth Data Files (NSFG). “However, it is too soon to conclude that we are back where we were before 2020.”

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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