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Modern Baby Boom

Lots of people start noticing babies once they have one, but in the United States they are literally everywhere. Fertility here is on an upswing, or so says a USA Today article that explained it sets America apart from other industrial nations that are dealing with low birthrates. It said:

"The fertility rate hit 2.1 in 2006, according to preliminary estimates released by the National Center for Health Statistics. It's a milestone: the first time since shortly after the baby boom ended that the nation has reached the rate of births needed for a generation to replace itself, an average 2.1 per woman."

The report also says that while some countries like Asia and Europe have launched incentives like monetary bonuses, government assisted childcare and family leaves to encourage citizens to reproduce the U.S. has not. And, it states that birth rates of affluent couples have contributed considerably to the numbers.

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Asia84 Asia84 9 years
why would someone judge someone for not wanting children?? i mean, i can see why they wouldn't. . . . I do want to have them . . .but that is something that should be well thought out . . . as for the boom; i think the US can attribute that to alot of women getting knocked up. i don't mean the level headed woman who got a happy surprise, i mean the ones who have accident after accident (5 kids, 4 different fathers). There are plenty of them in the US. i was wondering when the numbers were going to reflect that.
oiseaux oiseaux 9 years
i've seen the baby boom amongst my own friends - there's already been 9 in just the past year and a half! i've never felt peer pressure from them though, just the usual parents and relatives asking us when which i tend to politely ignore.
kia kia 9 years
glowingmoon, that is cool that you are going child-free. I think people that comment on it negatively are a-holes because 1) people have a choice not to have kids and 2) not everyone can have kids. I have seen the topic of child-free relationships pop up a lot this year in popular media and am flabbergasted that some people still try to put a "shame" stigma on people that choose not to procreate.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I'm child-free by choice, and I've noticed the baby boom. I'm becoming a minority, and I'm getting pressure/heat for my decision, especially from other women.
MotoLinz MotoLinz 9 years
I honestly never noticed so many pregnant women until I was pregnant, and then I couldn't believe how we were multiplying. :)
kia kia 9 years
I kind of thought this baby on the brain mentality was just me... we are going to attempt in the next year.
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