This number is down 1% from 2015, and it marks a cultural and demographic change across America, one where fewer women are having children due to a multitude of reasons.
Birth rates for women older than 30 rose. Since 2007, the birth rate has risen 19 percent for women in their early forties, two percent for women in their early 30s, and 11 percent for women in their late 30s.
Preterm birth rates declined from 2007 to 2014, according to CDC research. "This decline is due, in part, to declines in the number of births to teens and young mothers," the CDC notes on its website. However, the preterm birth rate is up four percent from 2014 to 2016. It's unclear, and too early to tell, what caused this uptick.