It also provides preterm birth rates
by race and ethnicity for each state and applies a disparity index that ranks states.
P3) The lifetime birth rate
for the group as a whole is (1/2)P.
Brindisi said he would like to expand services and develop new strategies for intervention to see the teen birth rate
The birth rate
has gone up by 19% since 2001 yet the number of midwives has risen by only 11% over the same period.
Asked to comment on this, Dr Andreas Polynikis, Chief Medical Officer, said: "The rising birth rate
could be because of money and increased benefits for larger families, but also the government is trying to pass on the message about the importance of having more children.
The United States stands as an exception among many developed nations that now have birth rates
below - in some cases well below - the rate that would maintain their current population.
A higher birth rate
(if sustained) would only take four or five years to feed through to primary school level and would, in time, fill an over-provision across all education of several thousand places.
Linda Gage, senior demographer with the state Department of Finance, said the growth will probably continue to slow, but it will not experience a year-to-year drop in population because it still has a solid birth rate
and remains a popular destination for foreign immigrants.
Her large family is not all that unusual in drought-stricken Niger, a country where widespread poverty combines with strict patriarchy, early marriages, a lack of health care access and educational opportunities for women, sanctioned polygamy and adherence to fundamentalist Islamic tenets on procreation to produce the highest birth rate
in the world, eight children for every woman.
The birth rate
for teenagers, ages 15 to 19, dropped 3% between 2002 and 2003 to a record low.
Canada's crude birth rate
(the number of live births for every 1,000 people in the population), edged downward to another record low in 2004--despite a second straight increase in the number of live births.
According to the 2006 edition of "America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being," compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, the teen birth rate
declined to a record low in 2004 (the most recently available data); the infant mortality rate declined to its former, lowest ever, level after increasing from the previous year; and the proportion of children exposed to second-hand smoke is down.