America in the midst of a baby bust

Once a country’s fertility rate falls consistently below replacement, its age profile begins to shift.

Chinese women have been subjected to China’s brutal one-child policy for more than 30 years. Women who try to have more children have been subjected to fines and forced abortions. Their houses have been razed and their husbands fired from their jobs. As a result, Chinese women have a fertility rate of 1.54. Here in America, white, college-educated women—a good proxy for the middle class—have a fertility rate of 1.6. America has its very own one-child policy. And we have chosen it for ourselves.



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Every Hour in China a Baby is Born with Syphilis


A baby is born every hour in China with syphilis.

There is a baby born every hour  in China with syphilis, as the world’s fastest-growing epidemic of the disease is fueled by men with new money from the nation’s booming economy, researchers say.The easy-to-cure bacterial infection, which was nearly wiped out in China five decades ago, is now the most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease in its largest city, Shanghai.


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Most ‘Test Tube’ Kids Are Healthy and Normal


Elizabeth Carr, right, the USA’s first “test tube baby” graduates from college in 2004.

Over 30 years after the world greeted its first “test-tube” baby with a mixture of awe, elation and concern, researchers  are finding only a few medical differences between these children and kids conceived in the traditional way.


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Baby Boom in 2007 U.S. Births

Baby Boom in 2007 U.S. Births

 Bumper crop of babies last year, even a few cute ones

Data released by the federal government shows a record numbers of infants born in the United States in 2007. The report was released last week by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. It shows 4,315,000 births in 2007, which some demographers say could signal a potential infant “boomlet.”

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