May 3, 1999 Vol. III, No. 15

Mother's Day Facts for Sunday, May 9, 1999

How Many Children Do Mothers Have?
Among the 35 million mothers in the United States ages 15 to 44 in 1995, 10.8 million had one child, 13.9 million had two, 6.9 million had three and 3.4 million had four or more.

Where Births Take Place
In 1995, there were 27,000 births nationwide attended by physicians, midwives or others that did not occur in hospitals, down from 39,000 a decade earlier.

Working Moms
As of 1995, the majority (55 percent) of women ages 15 to 44 who had given birth in the prior year were in the labor force, up from 31 percent in 1976. The percentage of returnees to the labor force was even higher (77 percent) if the woman was 30 to 44 and the birth was her first.

Moms Raising Children Without a Husband
In 1995, about one in five never-married women ages 15 to 44 were mothers.

Teen Moms
As of 1995, more than 800,000 women ages 15-to-19-or about one in 10 women in this age range-were mothers. In 1996, 13 percent of all births nationwide were to teens.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

May 3, 1999

Return to the top of the page