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American Women Having More Babies

American Women Having More Babies

Between 2013 and 2014 the birthrate among American women rose by 1 percent for the first time since 2007 when the recession began. This is a clear sign that the American economy is on a rebound. The figures resulted from a study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. There were a total of four million births in 2014, it was found. 

Experts say they are not surprised by the figures – despite the percentage being small, it can be a reliable indicator of a changing trend. As the economy improves, so does the birthrate. "The decline of the birthrate over the past few years can be attributed to the recession," Carl Haub, a senior demographer for the Population Reference Bureau said.

Recession also had an impact on other social issues like an increase in suicide and child abuse rates as well as the more occurring shaken baby syndrome, which is deadly. "The recession is ending — we think it's ending — for some people, so we might attribute a rise in the birthrate" to the economy, Haub said. 

Another expert said that women with stable paychecks find it easier to decide having a child. 

Generally speaking, there are other indicators showing that the United States is exiting the long recession period. For instance, the number of job openings is going up, and so is consumer spending. 

 

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