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U.S. Birth Rate Hits New Low Thanks to Tanking Economy

The birth rate is the lowest in a century

The birth rate is the lowest in a century

Last year the birth rate in the United States dropped even lower for the third straight year as women put off having children because of our poor economy.

In 2010, the birth rate was four million, down from an all-time high of 4.3 million in 2007, according to the Associated Press.  The AP reports experts believe “the downward trend is tied to the economy, which officially was in a recession from December 2007 until June 2009 but remains weak. The theory is that women with money worries — especially younger women — feel they can’t afford to start a family or add to it.”

AP medical reporter Mike Stobbe highlighted two striking outcomes of the data, which was released by the CDC. The first is that the teen birth rate dropped a whopping 9 percent since last year.  The drop in teen pregnancy is attributed to increased use of birth control measures.

The second was a surprising, but very slight, decline in the rate of Cesarean sections, from 32.9 percent to 32.8. This is the first time the rate of C-sections has lowered in 10 years.

 

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