Also of note: The cesarean delivery rate declined for the fourth year in a row to nearly 32%.
All in all, the number of births in 2016 was 1% lower in 2016 than in 2015, bringing the fertility rate to 62 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44. But given that these numbers seem to ebb and flow over time, it'll be interesting to see if this is a trend that continues. Looking at the specifics—such as the declining teen birth rate and rising rate for moms in their 30s— definitely makes the news seem like less a cause for concern. Instead, the data may simply show women are taking advantage of various family planning options, at any age.