Babies can wait
The Kansas City Star
It is good that young people are exercising their option to wait longer to have children.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found from birth certificate data that for the fourth consecutive year, fewer babies were born in the United States. Officials point to the bad economy and the uncertainty that creates as being the cause.
The report noted that fewer than 4 million births were recorded in 2011, a decline of 1 percent compared with 2 percent to 3 percent in the other years. Births had been climbing since the late 1990s, which by the way were good years economicaly for the U.S.
Birth rates peaked at a record high of more than 4.3 million in 2007. The good news in the recent drop is the birth rates for teen moms fell to about 330,000 — a historic low. The Associated Press reported that it was the fewest in one year since 1946.
Birth rates dropped 2 percent for black women, stayed the same for white women, rose a little for Asian American and Pacific Island women and fell 6 percent for Latinas.
Young people will definitely be older when they have to start chasing toddlers around and keeping up with kids, homework and school sporting events. Also, baby boomers eager to be grandparents may have to wait a bit longer.