WASHINGTON, May 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Sunday, May 8th. Today is Mother's Day — one of the nation's most revered national observances, with meaning beyond flowers, cards, and brunches. The idea started in 1908 with Anna Jarvis of West Virginia to honor her deceased mother — who had hoped that there would come a day to commemorate all mothers. By 1911, every state observed Mother's Day, and in 1914, Congress made it a national event. It's estimated there are upwards of 43 million mothers across the U.S. between ages 15 and 50. In recent years, annual births total around 3.9 million babies. The national mean age of women giving birth for the first time is 26 years. In 1970, the average age of first-time mothers was just under 21½ years. Profile America is beginning its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Number of mothers/table 2: http://www.census.gov/hhes/fertility/data/cps/2014.html
Age of first time mothers/accessed 2/16/2016: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/births.htm
1970 first birth age/page 2/accessed 2/16/2016: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr51/nvsr51_01.pdf
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau