[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
Here’s a story on CBS Online HealthPop about some of the Common Myths about Having a Child Later in Life – based on data from the new edition of READY, just out this week.
The Real No-Brainer Fair Pay, Fertile Future Childcare as Infrastructure Remember Mama? Darn It! Recycling Frugality Slut Limbaugh Pushing Babies Ready or Not?
Happy to say, there’s a new version of READY on the way — due in August. This paperback (with spiffy new cover & Preface) updates the stats and analysis through 2012, with special attention to the recession effect (hint: the
f the full reports confirm the provisional data, the 2010 US fertility rate (64.7 births per thousand women in the 15-44 age band) will have fallen below the recent low of 64.8 hit in 2002 – when we were also in recession. The years 1995-1999, characterized by economic boom, also had fertility rates under 64.7 (64.6, 64.1, 63.6, 64.3, 64.4, respectively).
Today’s Census headline tells us there’s a “delayer boom” underway, as more educated women have children later. This is not a surprise here! … They conclude that women with a college degree or more will end up with around 1.7 kids, as opposed to women with less than a high school degree, with 2.5 kids. But increasing numbers of the later moms are still having kids in the 35-44 range – and in increasing numbers every year (see story on the 2009 data below) — so the 1.7 is not great data. And of course none of this data includes adopted children. Stay tuned!
Pronatalism (basically, promoting more births) serves a variety of purposes, which you may variously like or not – but be on the look out in the coming months for texts that claim to be pushing babies on you for your benefit. There may be other logics at work and groups seeking to benefit as well.