Carla K. Johnson, Ap Medical Writer Updated 9:22 pm PDT, Tuesday, May 14, 2019 FILE - This Feb. 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York. According to a government report released Wednesday, May 15, 2019, U.S. birth rates reached record lows for women in their teens and 20s, leading to the fewest babies in 32 years. less FILE - This Feb. 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York. According to a government report released Wednesday, May 15, 2019, U.S. birth rates ... more Photo: Seth Wenig, AP Photo: Seth Wenig, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - This Feb. 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum … [Read more...] about Fewer babies as US birth rate fails to rebound with economy
Decline in fertility rates
American women are having fewer and fewer babies, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The national total fertility rate — an estimate of how many babies the average woman in the U.S. will have — was 1.765 (1,765 births per 1,000 women) in 2017, the report says. That’s a drop from 1.820 in 2016, and continues a 10-year downward trend. It’s also the lowest rate since 1978. The U.S. fertility rate is now 16 percent below the rate — 2.100 — that experts say is needed for the country’s population to replace itself over time without immigration. Only two states, South Dakota and Utah, had fertility rates above that replacement level in 2017, according to the CDC report. South Dakota had the highest fertility rate (2.227) in 2017, and the District of Columbia had the lowest (1.421) — a difference of 57 percent. Minnesota’s fertility rate in 2017 was 1.872 — above the … [Read more...] about U.S. fertility rate continues to decline, reaching lowest level in 40 years
An academic has hailed mass migration and the coming artificial intelligence revolution as reasons not to fear plummeting fertility rates in Western countries, wherein most it has long stood below replacement rate. Oxford University academic Sarah Harper’s views that falling fertility should be a “cause for celebration” were profiled by British left-wing newspaper The Guardian, which reported that changes in society meant Western countries no longer had to worry about growing or even sustaining their populations.The former Royal Institution director said nations wishing to sustain themselves was “really old thinking”, and praised German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a world leader who had found a way to grow their country without having to resort to citizens having their own children. Speaking of the migrant crisis which Dr Merkel triggered by throwing open her own borders — and by proxy the borders of the European Union as well — … [Read more...] about Don’t Worry About Fertility Falling Because Immigration and A.I. Will Replace the Unborn, Says Academic
Rick Noack, The Washington Post Published 6:16 am PST, Friday, November 9, 2018 Almost half of all countries have fertility rates below the replacement level, according to an unprecedented study published by The Lancet journal. While there was not a single nation with a fertility rate below the 2.05 threshold back in 1950, the global average is now only 2.4 - down from 4.7 about 70 years ago. Differences between nations have become more pronounced, with some European countries having record-low rates down to one child per woman on average, compared to more than six children in some African nations. If you live in a poorer nation with high fertility rates, a decrease would likely be a reason for celebration. Lower fertility rates are often the result of fewer child deaths, easily accessible contraception and prosperous economies, which explains why Europe, North America and richer Asian nations like Japan are disproportionately affected. In countries with … [Read more...] about Fertility rates around the world are declining. Trump supporters won’t like the solution.
News / UK and world by Press Association November 9, 2018, 1:07 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Declining fertility rates around the world are leading to a “baby bust” in many countries including the UK, health experts have warned. Globally fertility rates, which represent the average number of children a woman delivers over her lifetime, have declined since 1950 and in 91 nations, rates are now not high enough to maintain current population levels. The large-scale study, published in the Lancet, found that in 2017, 91 countries (including the UK, Singapore, Spain, Norway and South Korea) had rates lower than two and were not maintaining their current population size. Meanwhile 104 nations were seeing population increases due to their high fertility rates (rates above two). The lowest rate was in Cyprus where, on average, a woman now gives birth to one child throughout her life, while the highest was in … [Read more...] about Declining fertility rates leading to a ‘baby bust’