The 2018 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found:
—Overall, the U.S. birth rate for women ages 15 to 44 was 59 births per 1,000 women, an all-time low.
—Last year, there were 2% fewer births than in 2017.
—Births to teenagers again reached a record low. The number of births to mothers ages 15 through 19 was 179,607, down 8%.
—The rate for premature births — delivery at less than 37 weeks — rose for the fourth straight year to just over 10%, from 9.9%.