Sunshine Babies


Floridais a state in the United States of America. It has inhabitants fromdiverse races such as the Hispanic, the whites, American Indians andAfrican Americans among others. The birth rate statistics in Floridais issued by the Florida Department of Health, Division of PublicHealth Statistics and Performance Management (FloridaHealth, n.d).

Therefore,this paper seeks to examine the birth rate statistics in FloridaState.

BirthRate Statistics Florida County

Birthrates in Florida State are influenced by various factors, whichinclude mortality rates, live births, diseases, health condition ofthe mother, maternal healthcare services and, number of marriages andfertility rates among parents. The birth rates statistics areproduced based on race, ethnicity and county in Florida.Additionally, birth rates statistics records are based on the birthweight of live births, the age of the mother, and the trimesterprenatal care (FloridaHealth, n.d).

Dataon birth rates are usually tabulated based on the place of residenceand the place where the mother is giving birth. It is theresponsibility of midwives and physicians to file the birth records.Birth rate records are key measures of the population and health in aparticular place. High birth rates mean increase in population andimproved quality of health and low birth rates means decrease inpopulation and reduced quality of health (FloridaHealth, n.d).

Statisticsindicate that the number of live births have increased since 1970.The highest records of live births in Florida were between 1980 and1990. During this period, the birth rates raised from 131, 811 to199,146. Additionally,statistics indicate that between 2000 and 2010, the number of birthsraised from 204, 030 to 214,519. Between 2000 to 2010, the birthrecords indicated that the highest number of births was recorded in2007, which was 239, 120. In 2012, the birth data showed asignificant decrease in live births by a fifth to 212, 954. Thenumber of live births recorded per 1000 population in Florida in 2012showed a birth rate of 11.2, which was a decrease of 0.9% from the11.3 rate in 2011 (FloridaHealth, n.d).

In2014, the number of live births in Florida was 219, 905, which was anincrease from 215, 194 in 2013. The data statistics on live birthrates in 2014 per 1000 population was at 11.2 births and this was a0.9% increase from 2013. The increase in live births has beenattributed to the reduced infant mortality rate experienced inFlorida over the previous consecutive years. Statistics indicate thatthe infant mortality rate in 2014 per 1000 was recorded at 6.0, whichwas the lowest compared to other years. This has shown a downwardtrend in infant mortality between 2009 and 2014 (FloridaHealth, n.d).

Thetotal live births of residents in Florida in 2015 was 224, 273 at therate of 11.3 births. This is significant increase in live births from219, 905 live births recorded in 2014. Increase in live births is anindicator of rise in total population of residents in Florida andalso reflects on the improved healthcare condition in the County(FloridaHealth, n.d).


Overall,the data on live births in Florida County has been showingconsiderable increase since 1970 through to 2015. The increase inlive births has led to rise in residents’ population in FloridaCounty. The increase in live births also shows significantimprovement in quality of healthcare to mothers and infants.Therefore, this predicts continuous increase in live births in thesubsequent years.


FloridaHealth. (n.d). VitalStatistics Annual and Provisional Reports.Retrieved on 13st August 2016 from: