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10 Surprising Facts About Babies in America

Posted by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 1:54 PM
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Posted by Amy Boshnack
on January 14, 2013 at 5:01 PM

There's no arguing that we love babies in this country -- but you might be surprised at how much we love them. According to the CDC almost 4 million little mushes were born in America in just one year! 3,999,386 to be exact. That's a whole lotta baby loving. And really ... who can blame us? Still, that's not even the most surprising stat rounded up below.

The thing that caught me most off guard is probably how few of those babies were born at home -- 29,650. I chose hospital births for my kids but I really thought more people opted for home births these days. Or maybe it's how many babies are breastfed -- 76.9%. That's actually a lot higher than I thought it would be -- which is all sorts of awesome.

Check out the infograph below and let me know which fact surprises you the most!

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Mrs.Kubalabuku
by Bronze Member on Jan. 15, 2013 at 1:56 PM
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Interesting.

jlo1313
by Silver Member on Jan. 15, 2013 at 1:56 PM

 Wow at the breastfeeding rate!  That is awesome. 

paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Jan. 15, 2013 at 1:59 PM

The bfing stats were higher than I thought. That's great :-)

paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Jan. 15, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Right? I was really surprised!

Quoting jlo1313:

 Wow at the breastfeeding rate!  That is awesome. 


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MamaDearie
by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Very interesting. And I had no idea that I was in such a minority doing extended bf-ing.

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paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Jan. 15, 2013 at 2:16 PM
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Well we're in the minority together then :-)

I wish it was higher but an increase is an increase.

Quoting MamaDearie:

Very interesting. And I had no idea that I was in such a minority doing extended bf-ing.


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rfurlongg
by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 3:10 PM
32% c-sections? Wow.
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Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Jan. 15, 2013 at 3:16 PM

 wow- a little less than half of the babies are born to unmarried woman!

pansyprincess
by Silver Member on Jan. 15, 2013 at 3:23 PM

One in 30 is a twin is really high ... I bet that helped raised the rate of c-sections ...

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Jan. 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Nearly 10% of births are to teen mothers I think is the most surprising...

In Canada, the 15-19yo birth rate in 2008 (newest stats I could find) was 10,930 out of 1,799,603 live births. That is a tenth of the US rate ... less than 1/10th, in fact.

And in Canada, the teen pregnancy and birth rate has fallen more than 35% over the past 15 years...

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