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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 »

Elephants on Verge of Extinction

Illegal hunting could kill off African population in 15 years

(Newser) - Within 15 years, African elephants could be extinct as a consequence of rampant ivory poaching, conservation experts say. Africa's elephant population numbers just 600,000, and that number appears to be dwindling by about 38,000 a year. That’s faster than the birth rate. One animal welfare group is... More »

10% of Babies Are Premature, Taxing World's Health System

Of 13 million preemies, 1 million die before surviving 1 month

(Newser) - Nearly 10% of babies born each year worldwide arrive prematurely, and the stress of caring for them "is exacting a huge toll emotionally, physically and financially on families, medical systems and economies," the March of Dimes said today. Some 13 million babies are preemies, and more than 1... More »

Latest Victim of Recession: Larger Families

(Newser) - Families appear to be putting off that baby until economic conditions improve, the New York Times reports. The birth rate fell 2% in 2008 compared to 2007, and the trend looks to be continuing into 2009. “It’s the recession," a sociologist says. "Children are the most... More »

A Year After China Quake, a Baby Boom

(Newser) - The devastation is still raw from the earthquake that snuffed out thousands of young lives in rural China a year ago, reports the Los Angeles Times, but many grieving parents have found new hope in the form of another baby. More than 10% of new mothers in one Sichuan Province... More »

Fewer Sons Born Close to Sun

New study finds more girls born closer to equator

(Newser) - Women who live near the equator are more likely to give birth to baby girls than boys, the Independent reports. A new study has found a small but significant shift in gender ratios depending on latitude, with males comprising 51.1% of tropical births; the global sex ratio is 51.... More »

Georgian Church Leader Sparks a Baby Boom

(Newser) - A little divine intervention has apparently helped a city in the nation of Georgia give its population a boost. Two years ago, faced with a stagnant birth rate, the head of Georgia’s Orthodox Church pledged to personally baptize any child born to parents with more than two other kids.... More »

US Births Hit Record High

2007 beats baby boom's biggest year; teen pregnancies rise for second year

(Newser) - A record 4.31 million babies were born in the US in 2007, USA Today reports, topping the 4.30 million born in 1957, the height of the “baby boom”—although that year remains impressive because the overall population of the US was much smaller. Unmarried women bore... More »

Couples Rattled by Recession Delay Kids

Babyies too expensive in shrinking economy

(Newser) - Baby booms and busts have long been reliable economic indicators, so it's no surprise that couples facing layoffs and a tough housing market are holding off on pregnancies. Pricey fertility clinics are the first to feel couples' hesitation to reproduce. The magnitude of the economic affect on the American population... More »

Japanese Women Dodge Men ISO Mommies, Stay Single

Plunging birth rate causes national alarm

(Newser) - "WANTED: Female to cook, clean, wash my socks, bear and raise my children, and generally enable my workaholism—all while maintaining your own career in a sexist environment." Sound good? Given the choice, many Japanese women are saying to heck with marriage and staying single, reports the Washington ... More »

Record US Births Top Boomer Peak

Fertility is lower but larger population adds up to baby bumper crop

(Newser) - More Americans were born last year than in any other in history, reports ABC News. The 4,315,000 bundles of joy even top the Baby Boom at its peak. The expanding population is expected to put more pressure on scarce resources, but all those new taxpayers will help foot... More »

In Japan, Elders Outnumber Kids

Too many senior citizens, not enough children means trouble ahead

(Newser) - Monday was Children’s Day in Japan, but the holiday has a bitter irony in a land where the number of children has been waning for 27 years. Kids account for only 13.5% of Japan’s population, while the elderly make up 22%, the Washington Post reports. More »

China Hangs Onto 1-Child Policy

Country fears growth boom if rule is rescinded

(Newser) - China will keep up its one-child policy over the next decade as nearly 200 million citizens reach child-bearing age, CNN reports. "Given such a large population base, there would be major fluctuations in population growth if we abandoned the one-child rule now," said the country's family planning minister,... More »

China May Drop 1-Baby Law

Officials want more girls, but fear triggering baby boom

(Newser) - China, faced with an aging population and too few women, may end its controversial one- child-per-family policy. The law that allowed urban couples only one child and rural families two is credited with preventing 400 million births over three decades. But cultural preferences for males has also created a troubling... More »

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