“Fertility Rate Stabilizes as the Economy Grows” — read the NY Times headline last month, over its report on the on the CDC preliminary report on births in 2012. They went to explain both that “an improving economy encouraged Americans to
My new post is up on the Atlantic.com, in response to recent stories on the rise of childlessness in America: here. Though there are substantial numbers of women 40-44 without kids, reported high rates of childlessness are premature. They fail
I have a story up on theAtlantic.com site about birthrates and childcare: here. The story was published with a confusing title, which was soon changed to the current title (same as here), so got some confused comments in response initially.
The NY Times‘ Room for Debate online forum asked “Should women delay motherhood?” That’s a problematic question, presuming that “experts” know what women “should” do better than they do themselves. Here’s my reply along with those of six others: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/07/08/should-women-delay-motherhood/delayed-parenting-can-empower-women A Delay
CDC Births: Final Data, 2011 Last week the CDC issued its final report on birth data for 2011. That includes final adjustments and new charts, but no major changes from the preliminary report issued last October. The final confirms that the general
[This piece has appeared in variously edited versions, with various titles on RH Reality Check, Huffington Post, and Ms Blog] New CDC birth data out Wednesday confirm that the U.S. birthrate dropped one percent to reach an all-time low in
The CDC reports that the 2011 US birth rate hit a historic low, at 63.2 births per 1000 women aged 15.44. The prior low was 63.6 in 1997. The rate in 2010 was 64.1, down from a recent high of