New York’s birthrate fell for a second straight year last year as more women chose to have ultrasounds rather than give birth, according to new census data.
The data shows a 5 percent drop in births, which is the lowest rate since 1999, as more babies were born in the first trimester of pregnancy, which generally happens between 32 and 39 weeks.
In addition, births to babies under the age of five fell 3 percent last year.
The birthrate dropped 6.5 percent in 2015.
That was the lowest level since 1997, when births peaked at 8.3 million births, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“I think there’s been some real changes in the baby boomers’ experience with childbirth,” said Paul Schmitt, chief economist at the U.S. Census Bureau.
“In the last five years, we’ve seen a lot of young people not having that experience.”
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The Census Bureau reported the rate of births fell in the past five years to 7.5 per 1,000 births.
About 30 million Americans were born between 2002 and 2015.
They had a median age of 37.5 years.
In the first four months of 2019, about 1.7 million people were born, up from 1.5 million births in the same period in 2018.