The end of the seven-year baby recession is a good sign and it shows that people feel more confident about having a family.
The first recoded figures showed that in 2014, American women gave birth to about 53,000 more babies than in 2013. This represents an increase by 1 percent compared to 2013. Reports showed that the birthrate went up for people belonging to every racial and ethnic group, except for Native American people. It remains uncertain why the rate has declined for this group.
‘It looks like perhaps we’re seeing the turnaround that many experts have been anticipating,” stated Gretchenn Livingstone, who is a birth trends expert working at Pew Research Center.
The whole country has entered a baby recession in 2007, which coincided with the economic recession. People felt insecure about having babies because they faced the threat of losing their jobs and of being unable to pay for the various expenses that a newborn might require.
Now there are almost 4 million babies born in less than a year.
The report also showed that the women are more likely to give birth in their 30s or their 40s rather than in their 20s, given the fact that the rate has remains steady for the latter group and that in the past years it decreased considerably.
The government was hoping the numbers would go up again in 2013 because the first part of the year showed an increase but the final report revealed that the number of babies born was still in decline.
Even if the preliminary figures released on Wednesday, June 17, give an optimistic overview on childbirth, it is the final report that counts, so the numbers might still change.
It is safer not to prognosticate, according to the lead author of the report Brady Hamilton, who is a representative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The fertility rate rose as well, by almost 1 percent. This could mean that more women are expected to get impregnated by the end of the year.
Another good news was that teen births were fewer last year than they used to be. This means that people are more informed and teenagers are more aware of the impact childbirth at an early age has on their health, as well as on their professional and social life.
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