Americans are having fewer babies, and many experts are blaming the poor ecomony.
In 2007, the number of births in the United States broke a 50-year-old record high, set during the baby boom. But last year, births began to decline nationwide, by nearly 2 percent, according to provisional figures released last week by the National Center for Health Statistics.
"It's the recession," said Andrew Hacker, a sociologist at Queens College of the City University of New York. "Children are the most expensive item in every family's budget, especially given all the gear kids expect today. So it's a good place to cut back when you're uncertain about the future."
Historically, birth rates have fluctuated with the economy. Record lows were recorded during two economic crises: the Great Depression in the 1930s and the Oil Embargo in the 1970s.
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