Annual Summary of Vital Statistics-1998

Bernard Guyer, Donna L Hoyert, Joyce A Martin, Stephanie J Ventura, Marian F MacDorman & Donna M Strobina
Most vital statistics indicators of the health of Americans were stable or showed modest improvements between 1997 and 1998. The preliminary birth rate in 1998 was 14.6 births per 1000 population, up slightly from the record low reported for 1997 (14.5). The fertility rate, births per 1000 women aged 15 to 44 years, increased 1% to 65.6 in 1998, compared with 65.0 in 1997. The 1998 increases, although modest, were the first since 1990, halting...
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