AMERICAN WOMEN DELAYING MOTHERHOOD; TEEN BIRTHS ARE HISTORICALLY LOW

American women are continuing to delay parenthood.

Also, the rates of teenage births and births for women in their early 20s are at all-time lows.

U.S. women are having their first baby at age 25.6 on average. That's up from 2010 and significantly up from the 1970 average of 21.4 years.

Births to...girls 15 to 19 went down 8 percent between 2010 and 2011 and births to women 20 to 24 years old dropped 3 percent to a record low.



In 2011, there were 3.9 million U.S. births, the lowest birth rate since 1998. Births to unmarried women went down for the third year in a row.