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'Older' Women Drive Bump in Baby Boomlet

For the first time since 2007, the birth rate in the U.S. went up, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 4 million babies were born in 2014, attributable some demographers and economists say to an end to the recession for millions of people in the U.S.

The rise is slight—just 1 percent—and was mainly driven by women in their 30s and 40s. Women between the ages of 30 and 39 had 3 percent more babies than the previous year, and women ages 40 to 44 also increased their infant output 2 percent.

Counteracting the "older" moms increases is the dramatic and unprecedented drop in teen births, down 9 percent and at another all-time low of 24.2 births per 1,000 girls between 15 and 19, according to the CDC's report and a Los Angeles Times analysis .

Women in their early 20s are also having fewer babies—down 2 percent from 2013. Women 25 to 29, and women over 45, are having babies and nearly the same rate as they did in 2013.

According to the report, the birth rate for whites, African Americans and Latinas rose by 1 percent. For Asian Americans, it went up 6 percent. Birth rates among Native American and Alaska Native women went down 2 percent.

The urge for bigger families is also behind the increase. While the number of first-time moms dropped slightly this year, the number of second births went up one percent, third births increased 2 percent and fourth and beyond went up 3 percent.

All told, the general fertility rate was 62.9 births for every 1,000 women, according to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics data. To point a fine point on it, that's 3,985,924 live births in 2014.

Despite the slight increase in birth rates, the population overall is, as in many industrialized countries, on the decline.

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