CDC Confirms Twin Birth Rate In America Is At An All Time High — What’s Causing Women, Particularly African-American, To Bear Multiple Children?

According to the CDC, the twin birth rate in America is at an all-time high. Interestingly, while American women are increasingly bearing twins, it is the African-American women who have been observed to increasingly give birth to two kids at the same time.

New statistical data released by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that the twin birth rate hit an all-time high in the U.S. last year. CDC’s report shows the twin birth rate in America has almost doubled in the last 35 years. The report revealed that more women are giving birth to twin babies. However, the report added it was the African-American women who had increasing number of twins, but stopped short of explaining the reason behind the same.

As per the statistics, of the nearly four million babies born last year, more than 135,000 were twins. This means on average, there were 33.9 twins born for every 1,000 births in 2014. From another perspective, one in every 29 babies is a twin.

In 1980, the rate was merely 18.9 twins per 1,000 births in America. In other words, only one in every 53 babies was a twin. What’s interesting about the report is the fact that the twin birth rate went up significantly among African-American women. However, there was no observable change among Asian, Caucasian, and Hispanic women.

While twin births have risen rapidly, CDC’s report added that the rate for triplets, quadruplets, and other multiple births have been steadily falling in the last few years. In fact, instances of multiple births are at the lowest levels for 20 years.

CDC Confirms Twin Birth Rate In America Is At An All-Time High [Photo by Layland Masuda/Getty Images]Why are the instances of twin birth increasing? There are a couple of reasons why women are giving birth to twins. The first is women seem to be waiting longer to have kids. More women are willing to hold off on pregnancy in order to focus on other aspects of life. Numerous studies have indicated that women in their 30s are more likely to have twins than young mothers, reported the Daily Mail. The report states the average age of a woman, at the time of her first baby’s birth, has risen from 26.0 years to 26.3 years.

The other reason increased awareness and usage of modern assisted reproductive technologies to have kids. Fertility treatments like in-vitro fertilization (IVF) are being increasingly opted for. Since its development in the early 1980s, women have been drawn to such assisted pregnancy techniques. Women who have undergone IVF to conceive are quite likely to bear multiple children due to the methodology, which relies on more than one egg per womb to increase chances of conception. Incidentally, guidelines have become stringent that now limit the number of embryos that can be inserted, significantly limiting the chances of multiple children.

CDC Confirms Twin Birth Rate In America Is At An All-Time High [Photo by Tara Moore/The Image Bank/Getty Images]A study that investigated the success of IVF revealed that 30 percent of women who underwent IVF cycles over a seven-year period became pregnant for the first cycle, more than 20 percent for the second through the fourth cycle, as high as 65 percent by the sixth cycle, and the number continues to increase through the ninth cycle. Unfortunately, financial and emotional burdens prevented couples from trudging on in the hopes of getting pregnant, which might have influenced the observations.

What’s even more encouraging is the fact that teenage girls are becoming sensible and are taking steps to avoid getting pregnant. There was a 9 percent decrease in the birth rate among teen mothers, aged between 15 and 19, as compared to 2013, reported the Spreadit. Additionally, the rate among single women giving birth fell for the sixth year straight. The report also revealed that fewer women in their 20s were likely to give birth. In fact, 2014 was the year in which rates of women giving birth in their 20s reached a record low.

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