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The number of births in America hit a 30-year-low in 2017, with under 3.9 million births recorded, a 2 percent drop from 2016, according to new data released by the National Center for Health Statistics. The 2017 American fertility rate—60.2 births per 1,000 women ages 15–44—was a record low and down 3 percent from 2016. The percentage of babies born with low birth weights, meanwhile, ticked up, from almost 8.2 percent to almost 8.3 percent.