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From Reuters Health Information
WASHINGTON (Reuters) Apr 12 - Unmarried couples who live together are increasingly likely to have children, with the birth rate nearly doubling since 2002, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Twenty-two percent of first births from 2006 to 2010 were to women in an unmarried, cohabiting couple, up from 12% in 2002, the study by the CDC´s National Center for Health Statistics said.
"More people are cohabiting. It´s more likely that they are going to have children when in cohabiting unions," Gladys Martinez, the study´s lead author, told Reuters.
The increase is important because children born out of wedlock generally suffer more instability and grow up with fewer resources.
Martinez said that research has also shown that children born to a woman living with a partner tend to have more resources and stability than those born to a single woman.
The percentage of mothers who gave birth while living with a male partner rose to 30% in 2006 to 2010 from 17% in 2002.
Hispanics have the highest rate of births within a cohabiting union, at 35%, followed by blacks at 24%, the study showed. Whites were at 19% and Asians at 8%.
The 2006 to 2010 survey was based on interviews with 10,403 men and 12,279 women aged 15 to 44.