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10 Surprising Facts About Birth in the United States

I don’t live in the United States, being a proud Canadian there are some things about birth that are a little different here than in the U.S. Most of it comes into play when we talk about medical insurance and things like that — but birth statistics are a little different too.

I am a birth-stat nut and find them to be so interesting. I like knowing which day of the week is the most popular for babies being born, which is the least popular and the c-section rate of each area is interesting too.

BabyCenter compiled a great list of 22 interesting facts about birth in the United States — everything from that most popular day to which age is more likely to give birth. I have a feeling many of you will find this stuff interesting too, so I’ve picked out 10 of the most interesting to me facts about birth in the United States.

Have fun clicking through these 10 interesting facts about birth in the United States:

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  • Interesting Birth Statistics in the US 1 of 11
    Interesting Birth Statistics in the US
    I am a birth stat junkie and these stats I hope you find as interesting as I did.
  • Least Popular Birth Day 2 of 11
    Least Popular Birth Day
    Sunday is the slowest day for births. The theory behind this is that most c-sections and scheduled inductions are not done on the weekend.
  • Most Popular Birth Day 3 of 11
    Most Popular Birth Day
    The most popular day for birth in the United States is Tuesday.
  • Most Popular Birth Month 4 of 11
    Most Popular Birth Month
    The month of September brings the most babies born.
  • State With Most Births 5 of 11
    State With Most Births
    California is the state known to have the most births.
  • State With Highest Birth Rate 6 of 11
    State With Highest Birth Rate
    Utah has the highest birth rate with 88 out of 1000 women giving birth.
  • State With Lowest Birth Rate 7 of 11
    State With Lowest Birth Rate
    Vermont is the state with the lowest birth rate in the country.
  • Smokers in Pregnancy 8 of 11
    Smokers in Pregnancy
    1 in 10 women reported to smoke sometime during their pregnancy. These births were typically low-birth weights compared to women who didn't smoke.
  • Weight Gain In Pregnancy 9 of 11
    Weight Gain In Pregnancy
    30% of women gained between 21-30 pounds during their pregnancy. 25% gained between 31-40 pounds and 21% of women gained over 40 pounds.
  • C-Section Rise in the US 10 of 11
    C-Section Rise in the US
    C-section deliveries increased in 2009 to 32.9% of births, a 2 percent rise from 2008. The c-section rate has climbed almost 60% since 1996 in the U.S
  • Number of Homebirths in the US 11 of 11
    Number of Homebirths in the US
    In 2008, Midwives attended 61% of home births. The states with the highest home birth rates were Montana and Vermont.

For more interesting statistics on birth in the U.S., check out BabyCenter

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