The U.S. birth rate has dropped to its lowest level in at least a century, according to figures recently released by the National Center for Health Statistics.
Births dropped 2.6 percent last year, falling to 13.5 births for every 1,000 – down from 14.3 in 2007. Both rates mark a far cry from the 1909 birth rate of 30.
Experts are blaming the recession, which can induce debilitating financial anxiety. While that concern may be valid, the Catholic Church calls married couples to give life in any economy.
“Married couples should regard it as their proper mission to transmit human life and to educate their children; they should realize that they are thereby cooperating with the love of God the Creator and are, in a certain sense, its interpreters. They will fulfill this duty with a sense of human and Christian responsibility.”
What do you make of the century-low birth rate? Are you hoping for a big family one day? Which factors other than finance may influence the size of your family?