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Nearly Half Japan's Millennials Are Virgins

A large number of 18- to 34-year-olds aren't just not having sex, they've never had it

(Newser) - While America might more typically worry about what its youth are doing, Japan spends a lot of time worrying about what they're not doing , and what they're not doing is having sex—at all, apparently. A new government survey suggests that the country's millennials are not only... More »

Life Is Deadlier for Americans for the 1st Time in 10 Years

And we're making fewer new Americans to boot

(Newser) - Life was slightly deadlier for Americans in 2015 than it was in 2014. CNN reports the death rate for the US in 2015 was 729.5 deaths per 100,000 people. That's up from 723.2 deaths per 100,000 people in 2014. Those rates have been adjusted to... More »

After 7-Year Slide, US Birth Rate Rebounds

As teen birth rate hits historic low, falling 9%

(Newser) - American women are having more babies after years of holding off since the beginning of the recession in 2007. The US birth rate saw a small 1% jump from 2013 to 2014, with 3.98 million births—the highest number since 2010, USA Today reports. The CDC data shows older... More »

Congrats, Japan, You're No Longer World's Worst at Procreating

Germany is the world's new panda of birth rates

(Newser) - Japan, having long fretted over its sexless image , has managed to escape its worst-in-the-world-at-procreation status: The new lowest birth rate in town belongs to Germany, which saw about 8.3 births per 1,000 people in the five years ending in 2013, edging under Japan's 8.4, reports Bloomberg... More »

Danish Town Cuts Deal With Citizens: Make More Babies

If they do, schools and rec centers can stay open

(Newser) - Denmark has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe at just 1.7 babies per family, and at least in the rural community of Thisted, citizens have agreed to do something about it. With "date night" child care and prize draws for positive pregnancy tests apparently not cutting... More »

More Unmarried Women Over Age 35 Having Babies

But fewer unwed women overall are having kids, says CDC

(Newser) - Although the birth rate for unmarried women has been slowly declining, middle-aged American women aren't waiting to tie the knot before having kids. According to recent CDC data, birth rates for unmarried females between the ages of 35 and 39 rose a substantial 48% between 2002 and 2012, reports... More »

Iran Bans All Permanent Birth Control

Nation's government reacts to declining birthrates

(Newser) - Bad news for Iranians wanting small families: The country plans to ban vasectomies and other permanent forms of birth control and punish all violators as criminals, the Washington Post reports. In fact any advertising of birth control will become illegal, Reuters notes, a stark turnaround for a nation that once... More »

9 Months After Shutdown, DC Hit With Baby Boom

Timing probably just a coincidence, right?

(Newser) - As the nation's capital languished during October's 16-day government shutdown, a nurse in Washington, DC, made a Facebook prediction: “Furlough babies????" Lo and behold nine months later, reps at Sibley Memorial Hospital, where the nurse works, say there’s been a nearly 33% increase in births over... More »

'Do It for Denmark' Campaign Aims to Boost Birth Rate

Travel company offers incentives for companies to take a romantic trip

(Newser) - A travel company in Denmark seems to have struck PR gold with a campaign to jump-start the nation's falling birth rate. Spies Travel is generating lots of headlines for its " Do It for Denmark!" promotion, in which it laments that so few babies are being born in... More »

Japan's Young People Don't Want Love ... or Sex

Nation with shrinking birthrate hit by 'celibacy syndrome'

(Newser) - Japan's young people are not very interested in dating ... but they're not very interested in casual sex, either. According to a 2011 study, 61% of unmarried Japanese men and 49% of women aged 18 to 34 are not in any kind of romantic relationship—a figure that's... More »

Teen Birth Rate Hits Historic Low

Report: And the overall number of US births may be leveling off after years of decline

(Newser) - After falling four years in a row, US births may finally be leveling off. The number of babies born last year—a little shy of 4 million—is only a few hundred less than the number in 2011, according to a government report released today. That suggests that lately, fewer... More »

US Birth Rate Lowest Ever

Recession's effects play big role

(Newser) - The US birthrate last year was the lowest since records began in 1920, dropping to 63.2 per 1,000 women, Pew data shows. Between 2007 and 2010, the rate fell 8% among all women aged 15 to 44. It fell 14% among foreign-born women, compared to 6% among women... More »

US Births Down for 4th Year

Birth rate plummets among teens, Hispanics

(Newser) - The American birth rate dropped for the fourth year in a row in 2011 in a trend demographers blame on the continued weakness of the economy, reports the AP . But the drop was 1% instead of the 2% or 3% seen in previous years, a sign that the economy may... More »

Twin Birth Rate Up 76% in 30 Years

Increased infertility treatments and older moms behind the rise

(Newser) - The number of twins has surged in the past 30 years, according to a new government study. The twin birth rate went from 189 out of 10,000 births (or 1 out of 53) in 1980 to 333 out of 10,000 births (or 1 out of 30) in 2009—... More »

US Birth Rate Tumbles in Recession

It hasn't been this low in about a century

(Newser) - Forget the Dow and the GDP. Here's the latest economic indicator: The US birth rate has fallen to its lowest level in at least a century as many people apparently decided they couldn't afford more mouths to feed. The birth rate dropped for the second year in a row since... More »

1 in 12 US Babies Born to Illegal Immigrants

Their offspring made up 8% of 2008 US births

(Newser) - One out of every 12 babies born in the US are born to illegal immigrants, according to a new study. Undocumented immigrants make up just over 4% of the American adult population, but their babies made up 8% of all births in the US in 2008, according to the report... More »

'Rude' Fertility Chalk Giant Linked to Baby Boom

Man carved into Brit Hill 'boosts births'

(Newser) - The outline of a naked "fertility" giant carved into the chalk of a steep English hillside is being linked to a baby boom in the surrounding community. Folklore has it that women who sleep somewhere on top of the 180-foot-long club-wielding Cerne Abbas giant—also known as the "... More »

The New Boom: Moms Over 35

Today's moms are better educated, less married

(Newser) - For the first time, the number of babies born to women over 35 exceeds the number being born to teens, reports the Pew Research Center. Of 2008's 4 million births, one in seven were to older mothers, while one in 10 were to teens. The new, slightly older face of... More »

After 2-Year Spike, US Teen Births Decline

Drop in teenage parenthood reverses two-year increase

(Newser) - The rate at which American teenagers had children in 2008 was lower than in 2007, reversing an alarming 2-year trend. As the overall birth rate fell, births to girls aged 15 to 19 fell 2%. For 18- and 19-year-olds, the rate dropped 4%. Teen pregnancy had increased between 2005 and... More »

S. Korea to Workers: Go Home and Make Babies

Office lights out at 7 last night in effort to boost birth rate

(Newser) - South Korea's government has issued an unusual directive to its workers: Go home and make babies. Faced with an aging population and one of the world's lowest birth rates, Ministry of Health officials enforced the order by switching off all the lights in their building at 7pm last night. The... More »

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