Higher Order Births on the Decline

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ATLANTA - A study led by researchers at CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, shows triplet and higher order multiple births have dropped by 41-percent over the past two decades.

The largest decrease was among white women, and those over the age of 25.  Researchers say improvements in fertility technology are largely responsible for this progress, but multiple births are still three times higher than before these treatments became more readily available.

Seven-percent of triplets and higher order births born in 2013 did not survive their first year of life, compared to a half-percent of singleton babies.

Triplet and higher order birth rates declined in most of the 50 states.

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