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August 2006

In Good Company

Children born when leaves rustle in September's breeze can count on one thing, lots of company. For families, hospitals and birthing centers, September in North Carolina means one thing – babies, more than any other month of the year.  And 2005 was no different, according to data released in August by the N. C. State Center for Health Statistics. Nearly 11,000 births (nine percent of the state's annual births) took place in September out of a total of 123,040 births in 2005. Baby boys accounted for slightly more than half of all births and the top three names parents chose for them included classics such as William, Joshua and Jacob. Among girls, Emma, Madison and Emily were popular choices.

Some little-known facts about North Carolina births in 2005:

  • On average, 366 births occurred a day in September compared with a yearly average of 337 births a day.
  • The most births in a day took place on September 8, the fewest on December 25.
  • Thursday was the most common day for giving birth.
  • The youngest mom celebrated her 10th birthday, the youngest dad was 14.
  • The oldest mom had to blow out 53 candles on her cake, the oldest dad had 75.
  • Doctors and midwives delivered 2,076 sets of twins, 65 sets of triplets, 2 sets of quadruplets.
  • The largest baby born weighed 13 pounds and 9 ounces.

North Carolinians can now look to September, with summer's best of weather and autumn's best of cheer, as a month of birthdays and births. May new children live long and healthy lives and get off to the best start possible.

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Last updated: August 2006


At a glance

  • A normal pregnancy is considered to last 40 weeks
  • The majority of women deliver within two weeks of their due date (38 - 42 weeks)
  • Prematurity refers to babies who are born before 37 weeks of gestation (pregnancy)
  • Low birthweight refers to babies who are born weighing less than five and a half pounds (2,500 grams)

N.C. State Center for Health Statistics

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