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US Experiences Highest Number Of Recorded Birth

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Nearly 4.3million births in the U.S.were reported in 2006, the largest number recorded since 1961, the AP/LexingtonHerald-Leaderreports. Experts attribute the "baby boomlet" in U.S. births toa decrease in contraceptive use, a decrease in abortion access, poverty andlower levels of education. According to the AP/Herald-Leader, theincrease in births also likely is the result of a larger population and agrowing number of Hispanic women giving birth in the U.S. Hispanics have a 40%higher fertility rate than the overall rate in the country, and Hispanic womenaccounted for nearly 25% of all births in 2006. However, the CDC reportfound that births also increased among whites, blacks, American Indians andAlaska Natives but stayed about the same among Asian women.

Many U.S. residents,particularly in the Midwest, have a morefavorable view of having children than residents of other Western countries,according to experts, the AP/Herald-Leader reports. An AssociatedPress analysis found that the U.S.has a higher fertility rate than every country in continental Europe, as wellas Australia, Canada and Japan.

Religious influence also is an important factor in certain regions, RonLesthaeghe, a Belgian demographer and visiting professor at the University of Michigan, said. According to demographers, it is too soon to determine whetherthe increase in births is the beginning of a trend. "We have to wait andsee," Brady Hamilton, a statistician at CDC, said, adding, "For now,I would call it a noticeable blip" (Stobbe, AP/LexingtonHerald-Leader, 1/16).

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