Birthing a Comeback

The 2008 recession was on its way to making the United States suffer through a second Great Depression. Thanks to the 2008 election and the Democratic controlled House of Representatives, the economy is starting to show signs of a turn around. Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University conducted a study on specific birth rates in the United States. After the Great Depression, keeping a close watch on the birth rates was a good way to see how well people were adjusting to a more stable economy. Data collected since 2013 shows that birth rates are low but are expected to steadily rise. Women and men are deciding to have children a few years later. Scientists concluded this fact based on what the work force is like once people graduate college. The jobs are not as plentiful as they used to be which means it takes young adults a few more years to stabilize themselves financially. Researchers also saw a dramatic drop on teen births. The birth rate for girls aged 15-19 dropped an amazing 15 percent. Doctors are pleased with the numbers and hope that they continue to drop. The decline is due in part to shows, ads, and programs that detour young girls from having babies at such a young age. Numbers that also declined were cesarean section deliveries and premature births. While doctors were overjoyed with these numbers, the birth rate of twins and multiples made them a little worried. Twins and multiples have the highest rate of complicated births and can put both the mother and children at risk. This number rose 5 percent due in part to the amount of couples relying on in vitro fertilization. People at Amen Clinics and doctors are hoping that these numbers decline for the sake of the mothers and children. Overall, researchers have high hopes for the birth rates for the next few years.