The US birth rate has taken a tumble in recent years, informs
Samantha Kimmey of Raw Story
, and it's got a lot to do with the dour economic times. After all, who wants to bring up baby when a paycheck's just a maybe?
Citing a new Pew Research report
, Kimmey tells us that the yearly number of births per 1,000 women fell to an all-time low in 2011, to just over 63. Additionally, the overall birth rate between 2007 and 2010 fell by 8%.
Immigrant women in particular took the biggest hit on the baby bump front, with births falling 14% among immigrant women in general and 23% among Mexican-born women in particular. Native-born women, on the other hand, experienced only a 6% drop off in their rates of delivery.
But don't let the above mislead, writes Pew: "Despite the recent decline, foreign-born mothers continue to give birth to a disproportionate share of the nation's newborns, as they have for at least the past two decades."
Via Raw Story and the Pew Research Center