The No. 1 Month for Baby Births

In the United States, the most popular month for babies to be born is July with 364,266 births recorded in 2003, compared with 360,103 in August, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

The month with the lowest number of births is February with 307,248, but that's also the shortest month. Generally speaking, the numbers are so close for all 12 months that the National Center for Health Statistics warns there really is no single trend. Proof positive: In 2002, more babies were born July than August--barely.

Fun facts to know and tell about baby births, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau:

  • Tuesday is the most popular day of the week for babies to be born, and Sunday is the least popular day.
  • 68 percent of women in Mississippi ages 15 to 44 are mothers. The national average is 56 percent, making Mississippi the No. 1 state for the number of moms.
  • Nationwide, 82 percent of women 40 to 44 years old are mothers, compared to 90 percent of women in that same age group in 1976 who were mothers.
How many children?
  • Only about 10 percent of women end their childbearing years with four or more children, compared with 36 percent in 1976.
  • The average number of children that women today can expect to have in their lifetime is two.
  • The average number of children that women in Utah and Alaska can expect to have in their lifetime is three, making them top in the nation.
How many moms?
  • There are 4.0 million women who have babies each year. About 425,000 are teenagers and more than 100,000 are 40 or older.
  • The median age for women who give birth for the first time is 25.1, four years more than it was in 1970.
  • 40 percent of births are to first-time mothers. Thirty-two percent of moms are having their second child, 17 percent their third and 11 percent their fourth or more.
  • 35,000 births are attended each year by physicians, midwives or others that did not occur in hospitals.
  • There are 10 million single mothers with children under age 18, up from 3 million in 1970.
The juggling game
  • 55 percent of mothers in the labor force have infant children, down from a record 59 percent in 1998, the first significant decline in this rate since the Census Bureau began collecting the data in 1976.
  • Among mothers between 15 and 44 who do not have infants, 72 percent are in the labor force.
  • Among the nation's 10 million preschoolers, more than 2 million are primarily cared for in one of the more than 67,000 day care centers in the United States.

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