US Birth Rate Hits all Time Low

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One of the biggest issues that is currently facing the world today is the fact that the birth rate of many countries continues to drop. With overcrowding and an increase in the need to develop products to take care of the people of the world, this may seem like a good dilemma, but eventually changes will need to be made.

Although it is well into the future, many countries are saying that if something does not change now, the population of the country will be non-existent in less than a thousand years. This means that we need to be concerned with the birth rate of our own country now in order to ensure that there will be many generations to follow us.

1. What’s happening in the US?

For the past six years, the number of babies born in the United States has decreased. In the year 2013, this number hit an all-time low when it fell to 62.5 births for every 1,000 women who are between the ages of 15 and 44.

for-the-past-6-years-the-number-of-babies-born-in-the-United-States-has-decreasedThis data was gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and indicate that the birth rate is now 10% lower than what it was in 2007. At this time it was 69.3 per 1,000 women.

2. Where did we come from?

Over the years, this number has dropped dramatically. This statistic first began being tracked in 1909 and at this time the birth rate was at 126.8. In 2007 a record breaking 4.32 million babies were born in the United States and since that time there has been a steady decrease. For example, there were 3.93 million born in 2013, which is only a 1% decrease from the previous year, but a 9% decrease from 2007.

number-of-women-who-are-having-children-before-they-turn-30-is-on-the-decline-the-number-of-women-having-babies-after-the-age-of-30-has-begun-to-climbAnother interesting change has been in regards to women who are having children when they are older. While the number of women who are having children before they turn 30 is on the decline, the number of women having babies after the age of 30 has begun to climb.

3. Age Related Stats

In the year 2013, the number of women who gave birth and were over the age of 35 was higher than it had been in about 50 years. For women between the ages of 35 and 39 the birth rate was 49.3 per 1,000. For those who were between the ages of 30 and 34, the birth rate was 98 per 1,000. Both of these areas saw increases from the year before.

For women who were over the age of 40, there were also some notable changes. Women between the ages of 40 and 44 stayed steady at 10.4 births for every 1,000 women, but women between the ages of 45 and 49 increased their birthrate from 0.7 to 0.8 births per 1,000 from the previous year.

there-has-been-a-general-decline-in-the-number-of-births-to-women-under-the-age-of-25Teenage pregnancies, on the other hand, dropped 10% in the year 2012 and for those who are between the ages of 20 and 24; there was a 3% decrease. Researchers from the CDC are saying that over the past two decades, there has been a general decline in the number of births to women under the age of 25.

4. Why is it Falling?

There are a number of reasons that the birth rate is falling in the United States. One reason could be that children are extremely expensive to raise and many couples do not have the means to do so. This could mean that they are delaying having children at all or are waiting until they are older to have them.

children-are-extremely-expensive-to-raise-and-many-couples-do-not-have-the-means-to-do-soBecause they wait, it is likely that they will only have one child where in the past it was likely that they would have had two had they started sooner. This increase in the cost to raise a family has also led for a need to be more financially stable before having a family. Couples are waiting until they become established in their careers before they begin building their family.

These statistics are not yet reason for concern, but in the long run, we will need to address the problems that a low birth rate could cause to the country. The United States is by no means the lowest birth rate in the world, but it will be interesting to see how this number continues to change throughout the coming years.

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Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.