Recession takes blame for lower birth rate in US


The latest recession has heavily hit the economy of the nation.  The recession has not only affected more than 8 million jobs, businesses, home prices, but also birth rates. A latest data released today unveil that national birthrate has declined significantly compared to last year.  The decline was seen in nearly all age groups, from teens 15 and up through women in their 30s.

Declined in birth rate
The data was released by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 

  • There were more than 4.3 million births in 2007, which was more than any other year in the nation’s history.
  • There were 4,136,000 births in 2009 which was 2.7% less than the 4,251,095 births in 2008.
  • There were 13.5 births for every 1,000 people in 2009, compared with 14.3 in 2007.


Researchers added that a smaller number of births in younger women was the reason for the decline in 2008. Now when the economy is bad and people have no certainty for their job and financial future, they tend to delay the pregnancies. However, women over the age of 40, who is comparably more financially secure and can not afford to delay the opportunity of motherhood, continued to have more babies.

According to CDC – even before the most recent drop, births declined to a level below what’s considered necessary to replace the previous generation.


said that there is possibility of connecting link between births and economic downturn. The recession period which started in late 2007 has continued impact on birth rates in 2008 and 2009.

Other highlights of the CDC’s 2008 births report:

  • The U.S. teen birth rate dropped 2% after rising in both 2006 and 2007.
  • The preterm, or premature, birth rate dropped 3% to 12.3% of all births. The decline occurred mainly in late preterm births, those that at 34 to 36 weeks gestation.
  • The C-section rate rose for the 12th straight year to an all-time high of 32.3%. Still, the pace of the increase has slowed in the last few years.

Having a child is a feeling of bliss. All parents want to give the best comfort to their children. In this tough economy several parents accepted, though, we are grateful to have a child but back of our mind we think-it’s not easy to raise a child. One of the couple living in Pittsburgh said that if they have not planned and saved enough amounts before the delivery, they might not be able to cope up the recession period.

Source: businessweek


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