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4,349 babies born to women 45-49; 255 to women 50-54

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, January 08, 2007 | 0 comments

Birthrates for older women have increased dramatically in recent years. Of the 4,058,814 babies born in the United States in 2000, 452,057 were to women 35 to 39; 90,013 to women 40 to 44; 4,349 to women 45 to 49; and 255 to women 50 to 54.

Still, birthrates for older women haven't matched historical levels: In 1960, the birthrate for women 40 to 44 was less than 20 per 1,00 births—more than twice the current rate.


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