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Interesting Birth Facts

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

ist1_3342273-bright-red-umbrella-with-pathIn the last week, we have had rainfall that we no longer need. My little town got 5 inches less than a week ago and yesterday roads and portions of the 101 were shut down from flooding. Our mom/baby center was bustling and, as I said out loud yesterday afternoon, “of course it is, it is raining.” This made me think about all the “truths” we accept, whether or not they actually have any merit to them. Since I am a bit of a statistics junkie I want to share some interesting actual facts about today’s babies and mothers in the United States. I am also going to see if I can round up some actual science to back up the “fact” that rain storms get labors going. Have a great day.

• The average age of today’s first-time mom is 27 years.

• More babies are born on Tuesday than on any other day of the week.

• Over 80 percent of women seek prenatal care during the first trimester.

• The average weight gain in pregnancy is 30 pounds.

• Ninety-seven percent of babies are born in hospitals, and 8 percent of these births are attended by midwives.

• Thirty-five percent of babies are born to single moms.

• Two million of the more than four million babies born each year belong to families with incomes below the poverty line.

• Twenty-six percent of babies are born by cesarean section.

• The rate of twin births increased 42 percent from 1980 to 1997.

• Ten percent of labors are induced.

• Ten percent of women smoke during pregnancy.

• The months with the highest rates of birth are August, September, and October. January and February have the lowest rates.

• Forty-nine percent of newborns are girls; 51 percent are boys.

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