Health Indicator Report of Birth Rates
Tracking birth rate patterns among Utah and U.S. women as a whole is critical to understanding population growth and change in this country and in Utah. Birth rates directly relate to a population's need for timely and appropriate preconception, prenatal, neonatal, and postpartum care.
Birth Rates, Utah and U.S., 2009-2019
NotesU.S. Provisional 2019 data. Utah's birth rate for 2019 is from the final data.
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on-line data - CDC WONDER
- Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2019
- Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
- National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
DefinitionNumber of live births per 1,000 population.
NumeratorNumber of live births.
DenominatorNumber of persons in population.
How Are We Doing?In 2019, there were 46,832 live births to Utah residents, a rate of 14.6 per 1,000 Utahns. This is a small decrease from the 2018 birth rate of 14.9, and ultimately, the lowest birth rate in a decade.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?Utah continued to report a higher birth rate than the U.S. with 14.6 live births per 1,000 total population in 2019. The provisional U.S. birth rate in 2019 was 11.4 per 1,000 population, a small decrease from the 2018 rate of 11.6.
What Is Being Done?Having an overall high birth rate is not a risk factor for poor health outcomes. However, elevated teen pregnancy rates are a concern as these pregnancies are considered to be at higher risk. The U.S. provisional birth rate for teenagers in 2019 was 16.6 births per 1,000 females aged 15-19, down 5% from 2018 (17.4), reaching another record low for this age group. The rate has declined by 60% since 2007 (41.5), the most recent period of continued decline, and 73% since 1991, the most recent peak. The rate has declined an average of 8% annually from 2007 to 2018. The Utah teen birth rate for those 15 through 19 years also decreased to a rate of 12.0 in 2019. A variety of educational and prevention activities are targeted to decrease teen birth rates.
Available ServicesAccess to family planning services are available in Utah from several sources: community health centers, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, Family Planning Elevated, and private providers. Utah law requires parental consent for unmarried minors to obtain contraception information and services from community health centers and clinics. A 2018 Utah law allows pharmacies to dispense three types of contraception - pills, patch, or ring - through a standing order signed by the executive director of the Utah Department of Health. Women who are are 18 years and older can go to any participating pharmacy to receive her pills, patch, or ring directly from the pharmacist. For more information and to see a list of participating pharmacies see [https://mihp.utah.gov/birthcontrol]. Preconception and interpregnancy health information is available from the Utah Department of Health. [http://www.poweryourlife.org/] Follow Power Your Life on:[[br]] Facebook: [https://www.facebook.com/poweryourlifeut/][[br]] Pinterest: [https://www.pinterest.com/poweryourlifeut/][[br]] Instagram: [https://www.instagram.com/poweryourlifeut/]
Page Content Updated On 10/16/2020, Published on 12/21/2020