Bumper crop of babies last year, even a few cute ones
Data released by the federal government shows a record numbers of infants born in the United States in 2007. The report was released last week by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. It shows 4,315,000 births in 2007, which some demographers say could signal a potential infant “boomlet.”
NCHS compiled the data from provisional birth certificate registrations at state health departments. Records reveals about 15,000 more births in 2007 than the highest amount previously recorded — in 1957.
The increase in number of births is attributed to more immigrants having children, professional women who delayed childbearing until their 40s and larger numbers of women in their 20s and 30s in the country.
Arthur Nelson, a demographer at the University of Utah, said, “I suspect this is the beginning of a new kind of baby boom, although it’s going to be nowhere near the Baby Boom of the 50s or 1960s.” Some demographers said that to be considered a “real boom,” the percentage increases would have to be much larger than the single-digit increases currently recorded. Nelson attributed the increase in number of births to a “perfect storm” of factors, including more immigrants having children, professional women who delayed childbearing until their 40s and larger numbers of women in their 20s and 30s in the country. Further details on births in 2007 will be not available until the fall, Ventura said.