U.S. Birthrates Plummet To The Lowest Rate In 25 Years

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Thu, July 26 2012 at 6:20 PM, Updated: Thu, July 26 2012 at 6:43 PM

Nationwide birthrates have gone down faster and longer than any other year since the Great Depression. According to some medical experts, the poor economic climate is to blame.

Many are wondering are people having fewer babies or are they just holding off for better days? The economy tanked and the birthrate fell with it twelve-percent As a result some belive women are delaying pregnancies until they are more financially stable. The problem is older women have a more difficult time conceiving. While improved health care and improved infant mortality have increased birth numbers, in the past people would have more children because some would die. Today, younger women are also choosing to have fewer or no children at all. So what does this all mean? Population growth may change if birthrates continue to fall. According to demographic intelligence, the nations top birth forecast provider, the fertility rate is not expected to rebound for at least two years and could affect birthrates for years to come

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News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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