Number of US births up after years of decline

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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, file photo, Jennie Keane holds her daughter, Clare Elizabeth Keane, who was born at 10:11 a.m. on Saturday. Preliminary figures released by the government on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, show U.S. births were up in 2014 for the first time in seven years. About 53,000 more babies were born in 2014 than the year before _ a 1 percent increase. (Christine Peterson/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — A major review suggests a 7-year decline in the number of babies born in the U.S. may be over.

Preliminary figures show there were about 53,000 more babies born in 2014 than the year before and that nearly every racial and ethnic group saw an upswing.

At the same time, teen births hit another historic low even though experts had been expecting that statistic to level off. Bill Albert of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy says social norms for teens may be shifting, with more wariness of pregnancy, and less likelihood they know someone who became pregnant as a teen.

Cesarean sections and preterm deliveries were also down again.

The total fertility rate rose slightly, to just shy of 1.9 children. Experts say 2.1 is a goal for population stability.

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