Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a final report from vital statistics (birth certificate) data. Unlike the preliminary reports, the Final Report provides data in great detail and is accompanied by charts and graphs breaking down birth data by state, racial and ethnic group, gestational age, mode of birth, and other factors.
- The total number of births dipped below 4 million.
- The cesarean section rate (32.8%) decreased slightly for the first time since 1996. The rate was highest in Louisiana (39.7%) and lowest in Alaska (22.6%).
- The preterm birth rate declined for the fourth year in a row to 11.99%.