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Number of Babies Born out of Wedlock

Most Babies Will Be Born Out of Wedlock as Soon as 2016

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According to this post in the UK’s The Telegraph, more babies are born out of wedlock each year.

If all of this unmarried procreating continues, most children will be born out of wedlock as early as 2016. This may or may not seem to be a startling bit of news to you, but according to conservatives, the steady decline of marriage will lead to the breakdown of the family in general.

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Unmarried couples starting families together seems to be the norm. Being married with children almost feels like being in the minority.


This is my story: just six months before I was about to graduate from college, I discovered I was pregnant with my first child. I had no desire to become another statistic — an unmarried Latina having a baby with a man who was already an unmarried father. The realization stung — I didn’t want to be someone’s “baby mama.”

You may not feel like the "piece of paper" declaring marriage is vital to your relationship. Even though I came from a divorced home and I wasn’t particularly religious, marriage was something important to me. It actually surprised me just how important it was. But I wanted the respect and honor traditionally extended toward a wife. I didn’t want to be somebody’s girl, woman, girlfriend, significant other, partner, or baby mama.

I wanted wife status.

Keep reading for more of the story.

I graduated college and then got married a month later — eight months pregnant. A bride with a belly. Not exactly the way I always envisioned. This bride had to be fitted for her dress the week of her wedding (my stomach was growing at an alarming rate) and I walked down the aisle in what were essentially beaded slippers–my swollen feet couldn’t fit in anything else.

If I could go back and change things, I would have gotten married first. No one wants to be a pregnant bride. Still, I have no regrets. My wedding was sweet and lovely and I’m so glad my husband and I made that commitment to one another.

Want to hear something funny? I wanted to have the same last name as my children. In the hospital with my first child, I was a newly minted wife of almost sixty days, and I cringed over the fact that all of my medical information was still registered under my maiden name. My newborn and I had different last names on our ID bracelets. Such a small thing but I was bummed about it.

My husband and I will celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary this Friday. It’s important that my children understand the importance of our commitment as husband and wife as well — it speaks of the love and care we have for them.

If you are a parent, how important to you is being married?

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Xuanang1394906576 Xuanang1394906576 3 years

I believe it has to do with upbringing and values inculcated in the family.
Quite unfortunate that the fabric of building a home is wearing down in our age, and what used to be frowned upon in those days is now rubbished, all in the name of enlightenment or civilization. Nevertheless, it is still a good thing to birth a child in wedlock, than out of it.

MelissaCrone1375679037 MelissaCrone1375679037 4 years
Me and my husband got married first and then had our first child. I don't think it really makes a difference if you Wanted to be married first or not. I just wanted to be a bit "old fashioned"
Hope14739562 Hope14739562 4 years
I had my son out of wedlock. I married his father a year after and we split after 2 1/2 yrs of marriage. The way I look at it is: if you truly love your babies father then by all means marry him. Don't get married just because other people think its right for the parents to be official in their relationship. Love takes time and if you feel you are signing that piece of paper for your child's sake or staying with his father to show him/her the right thing regardless of how wrong it feels, don't. You aren't doing your child any good. What's right is your child seeing a good loving and caring relationship between two people, not two miserable parents staying together for the sake of their children. I was completely miserable and made the decision to leave. It's better to be happy in life and fight for that happiness than to be the worlds doormat.
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