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US birthrate up for the first time in 7 years

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American women are having more babies! For the first time since the beginning of the economic recession in 2007, the rate of births among women ages 15 to 44 has seen a bump, up 1 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. While it’s only a small increase, senior demographer Carl Haub believes the rise could be indicative of a larger trend, aligned with the improving economy. “The recession is ending — we think it’s ending — for some people, so we might attribute a rise in the birthrate to the economy,” he said. Laura Lindberg, principal research scientist at the Guttmacher Institute, agrees, pointing out that during the economic recession, women were less well-off. “I think as people feel their paycheck is more stable, it feels like a safe environment to have a child in,” Lindberg said. The new study also found a historic low for teen birth rates: down from 26.2 to 24.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 16. The teen fertility rate has been on the decline for several years, falling more than 7 percent each year since 2007, which according to Lindberg can be attributed to better access of information, as there are more options to become educated on pregnancy prevention, including school programs, youth programs, parents and the Internet.

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