Fewer babies born in Arizona this year

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PHOENIX -- Fewer babies were born in Arizona in 2009, according to new numbers from the Department of Health Services.

The figures show the number of births dropped 7 percent over the past year, and 10 percent over the past two years.

DHS said the biggest drop is among Hispanic mothers. Experts say that could be because of Arizona's strict immigration laws.

Information from the Office of Vital Records shows 84,368 babies were born in Arizona between January and November 2009. During the same time frame in 2008, that number was 90,876.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.