Based on the preliminary data, the birth rate for women ages 30-34 was 102.6 per 1,000, while the birth rate for women ages 25-29 was 101.9 per 1,000.
Women aren't having babies as young as they used to.
Although women in their 30s were found to give birth more often than women in their 20s for the first time ever, the general consensus was that the overall birth rate in the US was continuing to drop.
Birth rates among American women continue to fall, according to new data released on Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC did not release the actual numbers of deliveries for each age group. And more teens are growing up with fewer of their peers getting pregnant. Image credit: Landon Michael Photography.
A separate CDC report focusing on deaths found the nation's overall death rate fell a year ago after an unusual and worrisome increase in 2015. The data from the CDC comes from birth and death certificates processed by NCHS between 2015 and previous year. Results revealed that teen birth continued to drop last year and that the infant mortality rate stayed about the same as the previous year.
The current average age for first-time mothers is 28, the report states.
Researchers also found the overall birthrate was down slightly in 2016, with 62 births per 100,000 women ages 14 to 44.
Heart disease and stroke deaths were falling steadily until 2011, but then the annual decreases shrank.
Birth rates for older women also increased, with 52.6 births for every 1,000 women in 2016 compared to 51.8 births per 1,000 women in 2015.