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US Birth Rate Plunges to Record Low

David De Lossy/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. birth rate dropped last year to the lowest level since record keeping began in the 1920s, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

According to preliminary data, only 63 babies were born in 2011 for every 1,000 women of child bearing age (15 to 44).  By comparison, the highest level was in 1957 when 122 babies were born for every 1,000 women.

"It is very striking that the birth rate is the lowest on record.  It's hard to know whether this trend will continue into the future.  History tells us that it probably won't.  But it may be that we are seeing the new normal," says the report's co-author, D'Vera Cohn.

Between 2007 and 2010, Pew says the overall birth rate tumbled 8 percent.  While the rate of U.S.-born women during this time period fell 6 percent, the most striking decline was among immigrant women, Cohn says.

"They're down 14 percent which is more than double the decrease in the birth rate for women who are born in the United States," she notes.

The reason for the overall decline is closely linked to the recession, Cohn says.

"It really appears to have linked to the recession. We've done some research and looked into the link between birth declines and bad economic times and there's a pretty strong association," she says.

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Mother of 12 Gives Birth to Quintuplets

Hemera/Thinkstock(VICTORIA, Australia) -- A mother of 12 added not one but four children to her brood Tuesday in Australia.

The 48-year-old woman from Melbourne gave birth to two boys and three girls via Caesarean section. A fifth infant, a daughter, however, died in the womb.

The babies, who were reportedly conceived naturally, were born 13 weeks premature.

A team of 30 medical specialists participated in the delivery at Monash Medical Centre. The hospital said the surviving babies were born healthy.

“Mum is doing well,” a hospital spokesman told the Australian Associated Press.

The family did not want to be identified, but the AAP said that the quints were the first set to be born in Victoria in 30 years.

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Report: Teen Pregnancies Reach Lowest Level in 40 Years

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Teen pregnancies in the United States are at their lowest level in nearly 40 years, says a new report published by the Guttmacher Institute.

The organization, which focuses on sexual and reproductive health, released the U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions, 2008: National Trends by Age, Race and Ethnicity report on Wednesday, showing 7 percent of U.S. teens aged between 15 to 19 became pregnant in 2008.

The rate is a 42-percent drop in all racial categories from 1990. Racial disparities still persist, however, with Hispanic and black teens becoming pregnant at at a rate of at least twice their white peers. In 2008 abortion rates for black teens were four times higher than for white teens.

The drop in pregnancies is attributed in part to teens using contraception more effectively as well as a decrease in sexual activity.

"The recent declines in teen pregnancy rates are great news," said lead author Kathryn Kost. "However, the continued inequities among racial and ethnic minorities are cause for concern. It is time to redouble our efforts to ensure that all teens have access to the information and contraceptive services they need to prevent unwanted pregnancies."

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