Total fertility rate in the U.S. lowest since 1978

[UPI, 1/10/19]  Total fertility rates in the United States continues to drop, according to new research.

No state in America had a total fertility rate meeting or exceeding the replacement level for white women, according to statistics released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Meanwhile, 29 states had high enough fertility rates to exceed replacement levels for Hispanic women and 12 states reached that goal for black women.

The replacement level is the number of births needed to replace population turnover.

Researchers say that declining rates of teen pregnancy and birth, as well as a growing number of women who decide to delay pregnancy for any number of reasons, have brought some of these numbers down. But, they say the numbers are likely to rebound at some point.

“It may not be all doom and gloom,” Donna Strobino, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told NBC News. “I think it may stabilize once women who have been postponing pregnancy have the births they are planning to have.”……..

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