Gee, What a Shock: U.S. births declined for the sixth straight year in 2020,
What sane person wanted a baby last year?
Breaking News: U.S. births declined for the sixth straight year in 2020, as the pandemic accelerated a trend that has been building for the last decade.
The birthrate declined for the sixth straight year in 2020, the federal government reported on Wednesday, early evidence that the coronavirus pandemic accelerated a trend among American women of delaying pregnancy.
Early in the pandemic, there was speculation that the major changes in the life of American families could lead to a recovery in the birthrate, as couples hunkered down together. In fact, they appeared to have had the opposite effect: Births were down most sharply at the end of the year, when babies conceived at the start of the pandemic would have been born.
Births declined by about 8 percent in December compared with the same month the year before, a monthly breakdown of government data showed. December had the largest decline of any month. Over the entire year, births declined by 4 percent, the data showed. There were 3,605,201 births in the United States last year, the lowest number since 1979. The birthrate — measured as the number of babies per thousand women ages 15 to 44 — has fallen by about 19 percent since its recent peak in 2007.
The declining birthrate is just one piece of America’s shifting demographic picture. Combined with a substantial leveling-off of immigration, and rising deaths, the country’s population over the past decade expanded at the second-slowest rate since the government started counting in the 18th century. The pandemic, which pushed the death rate higher and the birthrate even lower, appears to have deepened that trend.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||05/05/2021|
The idea that there would be a babyboom as a result of copulation that took place DURING the pandemic was always stupid sloppy thinking.During past pandemics or epidemics or comparable events there has not been the beginnings of a baby boom until the sex that takes place after it is all over. Plus the fact many fertility clinics closed or had much reduced capacity during the pandemic and there was a lot of economic anxiety and uncertainty around and an atmosphere of death only added to the implausibility of a babyboom.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||05/04/2021|
R1 I know a few people who got pregnant during the height of the pandemic and I had to stop myself from asking of they were a fucking idiot.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||05/04/2021|
LOL r2 Why did you feel the need to stop yourself??!!
|by Anonymous||reply 3||05/04/2021|
This is a good thing. Young Gen Xers, Millinials, and older Gen Zers don't want to bring children into a broken society and country -- fix those issues and the birth rate will go up a bit.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||05/04/2021|
Most young people can’t afford kids.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||05/04/2021|
This is a good thing. Less deplorables. Let's wait until people get off the mind-bending, weird hypnosis that is/was Trump.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||05/04/2021|
R6 please, the deplorables aren't smart enough for birth control
|by Anonymous||reply 7||05/04/2021|
I know a few “I have a baby every five years so I don’t EVER have to get a job, tee hee” types who had babies last year. Most of them are completely deranged. One already had 4 kids and a pilot husband facing a potential layoff. Madness.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||05/04/2021|
Overpopulation is the principle cause of climate anomalies, conflict, migration, pollution, flora/fauna extinction, scarce water, and even scarcer arable land. Do yourself and the inhabitants of this planet a huge favor: STOP Breeding!
|by Anonymous||reply 9||05/04/2021|
Don't worry. The anchor babies will solve the problem—
|by Anonymous||reply 10||05/04/2021|
As we lurch from one avoidable economic collapse to another, I am glad I am not responsible for other human beings.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||05/04/2021|
The US and Canada are the last Western countries to offer birthright citizenship. Canada is contemplating removing it.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||05/04/2021|
I actually think it is likely in the medium to longer term that the threat or economic challenge the trend for a falling birth rate among mainly heterosexual women poses to capitalism will move right wing uber free market political parties and governments around the world ,particularly in the west , towards embracing gay marriage and gay reproductive rights .Seeing an opportunity for mainstreaming same sex couples starting families to reverse some of the downward trend in the birthrate . Behind the scenes I could see some thinking it is an economic necessity and changing political tack accordingly.
Just a thought.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||05/04/2021|
It is ironic that the “family values” party is largely responsible for its decline.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||05/04/2021|
Many Millennials (especially younger ones) are not interested in having children and/or simply cannot afford them. They can barely find jobs that pay a living wage.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||05/04/2021|
The only downside is that there are going to be fewer gay baby boys to carry on being gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||05/04/2021|
Don’t tell them - they’ll have less just for that reason.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||05/04/2021|
R14 I'm not American so I don't know which party you mean when you say one party in particular is responsible for the decline.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||05/04/2021|
Muslims have lots of babies
|by Anonymous||reply 20||05/04/2021|
According to my female coworkers being a mom is the hardest job in the world and they already do twice as much work as men all while under the yoke of oppression. Why would they want to have more kids? No one helps them and they're exhausted.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||05/04/2021|
Someday they’ll learn where babies come from and they’ll be able to have more control over when and if they get pregnant.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||05/04/2021|
Decline of the western countries
|by Anonymous||reply 23||05/05/2021|
I blame alternative pastime activities like playing game console games and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.
Maybe Joe Biden might give straight couples hope for a better future for their kids.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||05/05/2021|
The reason the US had population growth and other wealthy countries did not was...immigration. Immigrants came here and had babies and thus we had population growth. Trump and the epidemic put a stop to all that. I hope you miserable right-wing cunts are happy about that.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||05/05/2021|
R23 more like Millennials don't want to follow the idiotic narcissism of the previous two Generations that made them have babies and then vote against every single thing in those babies' interests
|by Anonymous||reply 26||05/05/2021|
This is a good thing, OP. But we’ll experience another baby boom now that people are getting out and about.
People are bound to fuck. Even so, birth control and gays not marrying into closet marriages and instant families have changed the landscape of birth rates. Snd also, kids are expensive AF. No sane woman wants to get stuck with a bunch of kids by the age of 23 when they can travel and post bikini pics from exotic locations on social media.
I mean think about it. Why would you wreck you perfect body as a young adult, and toil over diaper changes and formula, when you can spend your summer traveling and getting laid without the consequences of an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy???
|by Anonymous||reply 27||05/05/2021|
R25, right wing cunts are never happy about anything, which is why they’re miserable cunts.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||05/05/2021|
I like how they assume women are delaying pregnancy rather than simply choosing not to have kids.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||05/05/2021|
[quote] What sane person wanted a baby last year?
People are stuck and home and fuck. We’ll probably have a baby boom this year.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||05/05/2021|
Most sane women will avoid being pregnant during a pandemic. In case some of you have forgotten being pregnant requires consistent medical care to ensure it’s progressing normally and no woman wants to be exposing themselves to the virus during medical visits.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||05/05/2021|
"Millennials' (who are now in their late 30s and early 40s) aren't having kids in huge numbers in France, the Netherlands, Italy, Japan or the UK either. All these places have pretty generous social safety nets compared to the US. When people get rich, they have fewer kids. It happens all over the world. It's poor people who have lots of kids.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||05/05/2021|
My mom’s friend (in her eighties now) had lots of kids as a retirement strategy. She thought more kids would increase her odds of someone taking care of her in her old age. That is definitely poor, religious person thinking.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||05/05/2021|
R34 and how many of them give a shit about her?
|by Anonymous||reply 35||05/05/2021|
That's insane, R34, but I don't doubt it was commonplace among that generation.
Infant mortality was also a historical factor:
[quote]In 1900, 30 percent of all deaths in the United States occurred in children less than 5 years of age compared to just 1.4 percent in 1999 (CDC, 1999a; NCHS, 2001a). Infant mortality dropped from approximately 100 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1915 (the first year for which data to calculate an infant mortality rate were available) to 29.2 deaths per 1,000 births in 1950 and 7.1 per 1,000 in 1999 (CDC, 1999b; NCHS, 2001a).2
So women in 1900 had a 10% chance of their infants not surviving, and a strong chance of their children dying before age 5.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||05/05/2021|
My paternal grandmother had 8 surviving children. When she died in '07, they couldn't even FIND all my dad's siblings to inform them
|by Anonymous||reply 37||05/05/2021|
Yeah, [working-class] couples had a ton of kids before because that's just what was expected. My grandparents on my dad's side had 9 (!!) kids. But people also didn't fret over things like college funds, newest electronics, private schools, and wearing hand-me-downs was common.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||05/05/2021|
[quote]The reason the US had population growth and other wealthy countries did not was...immigration. Immigrants came here and had babies and thus we had population growth. Trump and the epidemic put a stop to all that. I hope you miserable right-wing cunts are happy about that.
Sounds like the miserable cunt is you.
Why in the world do we need ever more population growth?
|by Anonymous||reply 39||05/05/2021|
We need workers (and consumers) keeping our economy churning along, R39, as the rest of us become elders discussing FOLLIES on DL all day. That's where your Social Security and Medicare is coming from.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||05/05/2021|
Did someone say FOLLIES? 🤩
|by Anonymous||reply 41||05/05/2021|
[quote] The birthrate — measured as the number of babies per thousand women
Did they include ALL women in that figure, or just biological women?
|by Anonymous||reply 42||05/05/2021|
It was measured by real women with uteruses
|by Anonymous||reply 43||05/05/2021|
We have more and more Chinese and Indians here—mostly millennials, mostly well-off having babies. I’m living in the thick of it. I feel the US born, not as well-off (but not poor) aren’t having babies. Just my observation.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||05/05/2021|
[quote]We need workers (and consumers) keeping our economy churning along, [R39], as the rest of us become elders discussing FOLLIES on DL all day. That's where your Social Security and Medicare is coming from.
First of all: automation has replaced a vast number of workers and will continue to do so at an ever higher rate.
And tell us: where is the cut-off point for population growth? You suggest it should just continually keep growing?
Your economic ideal of ever increasing consumerism, consumption, population growth, does not create a better life for people nor the environment.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||05/05/2021|
If you're having kids now, you're either rich, poor and stupid, or optimistic.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||05/05/2021|
If I were straight, I would've gotten a vasectomy years ago
|by Anonymous||reply 48||05/05/2021|
What r5 said.
Given student debt, rising real estate cost, and low wages among young people having kids is completely out of reach.
More young people than ever live at home, even being able to afford their own place is often too much. Much less kids. We see this with older millennials who waited much later than prior generations to start having kids.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||05/05/2021|
This is nothing but good news.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||05/05/2021|
R49 I have a good job, a nice place to live (rental) and I could afford to travel (pre-COVID), If I had a kid to take care of, my quality of life would plummet
|by Anonymous||reply 51||05/05/2021|
I think this is good news, but one thing to consider is that in about 25 years or so, it's going to be a very top-heavy population, with more elderly people than younger ones. See Italy and Japan for unique challenges that that can present.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||05/05/2021|
The media gets itself in a state, panicking about declining birth rates. What happened to "the planet is dying because there are too many people?" Or is it just a retirement-related panic (the ratio of working adults to retirees, etc.)?
The media and idologues emphasize it more when they want more immigration (e.g., CNN and the Times criticizing Japan, debates at the EU parliament, etc.).
Demographic transition happens in all advanced economies, and just in time given automation, I think.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||05/05/2021|
Exactly r52. I hate kids, but this does cause problems. You need younger people who pay social security and medicare tax to support older people for instance.
Of course immigration can solve this issue. There are plenty of people in the world.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||05/05/2021|
R1 is right. People don't have babies during severe crises - birth rates fell in huge numbers during the Depression, and that's before legal abortion and widespread contraception.
It's after the crisis that births start to increase.
You have to be very optimistic or relatively well off (or with parents who are) to have kids in the US. Immigrants have kids for several reasons - but there's also an advantage with having kids who are citizens and who will speak the language and, presumably, be better off than the parents.
On the other hand, we are seeing this in many countries. Asia is really fucked - and it's because of their own policies and unequal treatment for women.
I don't think Scandinavian countries have as much of a problem, but they bend over backwards to make having kids less difficult.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||05/05/2021|
The U.S. also has a ridiculously high infant mortality rate in relation to what Americans pay per capita for medical care.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||05/05/2021|
[quote ]it's going to be a very top-heavy population
|by Anonymous||reply 57||05/05/2021|