In 2008, fewer preterm babies, more cesareans

Pia Christensen

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Births in the United States went down nearly 2 percent in 2008, according to new figures [PDF] from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

Among the report’s highlights:

  • The birth rate for U.S. teenagers fell 2 percent, reversing a two-year increase.
  • The birth rate for Hispanic teenagers declined to an historic low.
  • The cesarean delivery rate rose for the 12th straight year, to 32.3 percent of all births.
  • The percentage of births born preterm declined 3 percent.

Health Journalism 2010

Learn more about “Pregnancy and childbirth trends: Issues of safety and choice,” a panel featuring Mark R. Chassin, M.D., president of The Joint Commission; Julie Deardorff, health and fitness reporter at the Chicago Tribune; Alan M. Peaceman, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; and moderated by Deborah L. Shelton, a Chicago Tribune health reporter.

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