Americans are not making enough babies to replenish population, CDC says

Hadas Kuznits
January 11, 2019 - 1:26 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The American birth rate is at an all-time low.  

A new study of U.S. birth rates indicates not enough babies are being born to replenish the population in the country. 

According to the report by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, 2,100 births per 1,000 women is the necessary number to replace a population over time without immigration.  

In the U.S., the overall birthrate is 1,765 births per 1000 women. In Pennsylvania, it's just under 1,700 births per 1,000 women.

While the report doesn't indicate why, local mothers considered some parental apprehension.

"It's hard; just raising a child is hard," said Taylor Slowik of Gilbertsville. "If they have a game or Girl Scouts or something and you're working, some jobs are like, 'OK sorry, you still have to go to work.' "

Cathy LaMothe of Monmouth County, New Jersey, noted U.S. maternity leave policies as one of the reasons for the declining birth rate.

"A lot of women who have kids and then they go back to work at like three months — that's ridiculous," she said.

Studies have also shown that it's not uncommon for women nowadays to prolong having children until later in life or choose not to have them at all, not to mention infertility and the increased practice of in vitro fertilization.

But the economic reality for many families nowadays is that both parents have to work.

"It's expensive. That's just it," LaMothe added. "A lot of people are worried about money."