Birth rate among US women rises for 1st time in 7 years
For the first time in nearly a decade, the birth rate among U.S. women is on the rise.
According to a Department of Health and Human Services study, the birth rate among women 15 to 44 increased by one percent, It seems small, but it's the first time we've seen an increase since 2007 when the recession hit."The decline of the birth rate over the past few years can be attributed to the recession," a senior demographer for the Population Reference Bureau told USA Today. "The recession is ending – we think it's ending – for some people, so we might attribute a rise in the birth rate [to the economy]."
The nearly 4 million babies born in 2014 is the most since 2010.
The study also found the number of teens giving birth is at an historic low. The all time high was in 1970 when 644,708 teens gave birth. In 2014, there were 249,067 births. This decline is not attributed to the economy, but believed to be connected to better access of information.