For the first time in 5 years, the CDC is reporting a (very) slight rise in the number of babies being born in the US, indicating that people may be feeling somewhat better about the economy. While no one would call a rise in the number of births by 4,700 last year a “baby boom,” the increase is the first time in 5 years that the rate of babies being born in the US has gone up, instead of down since 2009. The downward trend has been blamed on the recession as more and more couples faced economic hardship and felt they could not afford to start families, or add to the ones they already had. In fact, the government reports that birthrates fell rather dramatically from 2007-2010, although the declines gradually grew smaller, with the number of births for 2012 only a few hundred less than the previous year. Still, last year’s total of 4 million newborns is still significantly less than the all-time high of 4.3 million babies in 2007.
The CDC also noted that while the economy is beginning to go up, so has the age of women giving birth, with most now over the age of 30. Birthrates still fell for those in their 20’s, as well as for teenagers.