Will the Recession Cause Lower Birth Rates?

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Does The Recession Affect Birth Rates?

It might seem crazy, but more and more couples are putting off having a child until the economy rebounds. Of course, no one wants something like the economy to be the deciding factor on whether or not they have kids, but it is the way it is, and more and more couples are putting off having kids until they feel more confident in the economy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Experts are noticing, too. In fact, the US Fertility Rate has plunged from an all-time high in 2007 (the rate then was nearly 70 in 1000 women) to where it is now, right around 63 births per 1000 women. The drop in pregnancy rates directly coincides with the economy declining, and the USA entering the recession.

Why Are People Postponing Having Kids?

There are many different reasons that couples are waiting to have children until the economy rebounds. Some couples are waiting to have kids because they are being laid off, or they are not secure in the jobs that they do have. Some couples are barely scraping by, even though they might have decent jobs, due to rising housing costs, utility bills, grocery costs, etc.

Some couples find themselves faced with lots of debt, whether it be credit card debt, student loan debt, etc. The truth of the matter is, families are feeling rather insecure when it comes to finances and job stability, and adding a baby to the mix would make things even more unstable.

What Waiting For Childbirth Means

For some couples, postponing having a child is not as simple as waiting until the economy improves. It is more common today that women wait until later in life to start a family. More and more often, women are continuing their education, furthering their careers, and waiting to start a family.

Many women think that due to increased technology in the fertility field, that they have plenty of time to get pregnant later in life. However, once that “later in life” time arrives, many women are finding that they are needing to delay having kids even longer, because of the economy. They might not have much time left to wait, due to declining fertility, or waiting too long to get pregnant. Many women feel like they simply don’t have much time to waste.

What To Do?

Unfortunately, there is no real clear cut answer to what women should do who feel like they need to delay having children. Some women think that the best option is just to hold off and wait and see if the economy improves. While that is fine for younger women, what about moms who are approaching 35 or 40? They truly don’t have much fertile time left to make these choices.

What if a couple is waiting for the economy to improve, but who knows when or if it will? Should these couples just bite the bullet and go ahead and try for a baby, and make it work? This is just a really difficult decision, and couples just have to work through it and decide what the best option is in their particular case. It’s definitely apparent, however, that the recession and the downturn of the economy are having an effect on pregnancy and fertility rates in America.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).