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Child Health USA 2013 An illustrated collection of current and historical data, published annually.

Perinatal Risk Factors and Behaviors

This section provides information on many aspects of women’s health before and during pregnancy, all of which can strongly influence the health of their children.

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In 2012, the overall fertility rate was the lowest level ever recorded: 63 births per 1,000 women. Birth rates for women aged 30 and older have risen since 1990 while those for adolescents and young women are at historically low levels. More about Maternal Age.