Recession Has Effect On Birth Rates

July 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

The combination of women having babies at older ages and the recession’s economic effect on family planning has contributed to a baby bust in the United States.

We reported in Marketing to Moms: Motherhood Happening Later or Not at All that results from Pew Research Center showing a shift in women’s birth activity. But now we have more definitive proof from the largest hospital chain in the United States – HCA –  reporting that deliveries in their 162 hospitals are down 4.1 percent in 2010 over 2009.

After climbing steadily from 2003 to 2007, U.S. birth rates have been on the decline since 2008, the year that the economic recession began, according to the Pew Research Center. A recent analysis by the center found the birth rate — the share of women of childbearing age who gave birth — declined or leveled off in 2008 compared to the previous year.

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