The goal of Birth by the Numbers is to present accurate, up-to-date information on childbirth practices and outcomes in the United States and internationally. We strive to make timely data accessible and understandable to key audiences including prospective parents, clinicians, childbirth educators, college faculty and students, policymakers and the media. This non-commercial site focuses on translating a wide range of existing data into forms that anyone can use to better understand how childbirth is currently practiced and experienced.


The Birth by the Numbers website was conceived by Gene Declercq and has been developed and implemented by a dedicated group of students from the Boston University School of Public Health and is maintained by the Birth by the Numbers team. The project was supported by a grant from the Transforming Birth Fund. Neither the Transforming Birth Fund nor the Boston University School of Public Health is responsible for any of the content of the website.