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The U.S. Is No Longer In A Birth Recession

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 05.29.2014 | Parents

NEW YORK (AP) — The baby recession may be at an end: After a five-year span in which the number of children born in the United States dropped each y...

May Is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month -- Let's Aim Low!

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 06.30.2014 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

A U.S. teen is 30 percent more likely to give birth than her counterpart in Russia, which is number two on the list. This is not a top position we can be proud of. But with continued efforts, there is every reason to believe that we will work our way to the bottom of the list.

Hurray, I Am Pregnant! Oh Wait, What About the Planet?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 11.14.2013 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

Our little where-will-the-baby-sleep quandary made me think about a much larger and more intractable problem: overpopulation and our family's small contribution to it. There are more than 7 billion people on Earth today, with another 375,000 born every day.

Birth Rate In U.S. May Be Leveling Off After Years Of Decline

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents

ATLANTA — After falling four years in a row, U.S. births may finally be leveling off. The number of babies born last year – a little shy ...

America Is Discussing: Is Today's Youth a Lost Generation?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 09.14.2013 | College
Arzu Kaya Uranli

We believe each generation looks for new inventions, new innovation and new symbols because it considers itself to be brighter and luckier than the one before it. However, this view has been changing in the U.S.

Taiwan Desperate For More Babies, Asks Pregnant Women To Donate 'Lucky' Tampons

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.12.2013 | World

In an attempt to boost the country's low birth rate, the Taiwanese government has turned to a rather bizarre superstition, encouraging pregnant women ...

Why More Women Are Delaying Motherhood

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.10.2013 | Women

While the women's movement is often cited for encouraging women to delay motherhood, new data suggests there may now be another culprit: the economic ...

Don't Be Fruitful and Multiply

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.17.2013 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The traditional religious emphasis on copious reproduction and common teachings against the use of contraception are having a direct impact on population growth, especially in countries that can't afford it.

Christians And The American 'Baby Bust'

Kate Blanchard | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

People concerned about falling birth rates could more constructively spend their energy loving the neighbors they already have.

Against 'Decadence': Fewer Kids, Better Future

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

Is having fewer children the mark of decadence? The New York Times' cultural conservative, Ross Douthat, has been arguing that. But he is seriously, even dangerously wrong, and that the people he's criticizing are the ones who are taking responsibility for the future.

Why Hurricane Sandy Might Be The Best Matchmaker

www.slate.com | Posted 11.06.2012 | Weddings

The physical disruption of Hurricane Sandy is overwhelming, but it can be measured: tens of billions of dollars in damage, lost income, and interrupte...

We're Still Too Poor To Have Kids

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 10.03.2012 | Money

NEW YORK -- U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy...

Aging Asia and That Competitiveness Thing

Michael Hodin | Posted 11.26.2012 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

National and global competitiveness in the coming century is going to be based on a new x factor: the extent to which aging populations can be integrated into the heart of social and economic life.

We Are Not Having Enough Babies

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 08.18.2012 | Business

Thanks to the weak economy, Americans are having fewer babies than the British and the French -- not enough to maintain the size of the U.S. populatio...

We Just Can't Afford To Reproduce

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 07.27.2012 | Money

It's one of those economic recoveries where we just can't afford to reproduce. The average number of births per woman in the U.S. is likely to plu...

The Single Reason Why We Don't Have It All

Melanie Notkin | Posted 08.26.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Singles who live alone move into homes with others for the weekend in the summer, staving off more than the concrete heat of the city. It's simply less lonely.

Pregnancy Rate Drops For Women In This Age Group

Reuters | Posted 08.19.2012 | Women

By Alex Dobuzinskis June 20 (Reuters) - Pregnancy rates for U.S. women in their early 20s fell nearly 18 percent from 1990 to 2008 and...

Babies! At the End of the World

Mark Morford | Posted 08.07.2012 | World
Mark Morford

Population growth is what makes for a thriving economy. Not population stasis, not population contraction, not population oh-my-God-there-are-way-too-many-people-in-this-room-right-now.

A Democracy of Diversity

Maya Wiley | Posted 07.22.2012 | Black Voices
Maya Wiley

Reading about the Reverend Wright attack ads, it's clear to me that we are all still fearful of confronting our own racial anxieties. They remind me just how far we've come as a country but also how much further we need to go.

Census: Minorities Now Surpass Whites In US Births

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 07.16.2012 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON — For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S., capping decades of heady imm...

Too Poor To Have Kids

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.27.2012 | Money

Young Americans are just too poor to have kids. The number of children born in the U.S. has plunged 8 percent since its all-time high in 2007, acco...

It's A Dragon! China Expects Baby Boom During Lucky Year

Posted 01.23.2012 | World

Dragon babies are expected to hit China in droves this year, but there won't be any scales, fire-breathing, or mythical creatures involved. "Dragon...

Asia Expects To See A Dragon Baby Boom

AP | By ANNIE HUANG | Posted 01.23.2012 | Parents

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, but you wouldn't know that from visiting the obstetrics department at Taiwan ...

Central Reservations

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 01.28.2012 | Home
Lord Victor Adebowale

The increase in the numbers of graduates has shown that the UK can produce large numbers of high-skilled people. A common criticism of university graduates is that they end up doing jobs that do not require a degree. What is needed is not fewer graduates, but an increase both in high-skilled jobs and in employers who are prepared to take responsibility for developing their staff to get them into these jobs.

Parents, Teens and Sex: An Ongoing Conversation

Laura Stepp | Posted 01.22.2012 | Parents
Laura Stepp

When Dutch teens think they're ready to have sex with a boyfriend or girlfriend, their parents, some of them reluctantly, encourage the couple to do so at home. These situations, while novel to me, were treated with indifference by Western Europeans.