Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Economy making women think twice about having babies

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September

mom_pregnantwoman.jpgA recent story by Reuters says that birth rates in the United States continued to decline in 2009. It was the second straight year that birth rates have fallen and U.S. health officials are blaming it on the economy.

"We saw a decline in 2008 and 2009. The timing is very consistent with saying it is associated with the recession and the economy in general," Paul Sutton of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics told Reuters.

The number of babies born in the United States dropped to 4,136,000 in 2009, from 4,247,000 in 2008, the statistics center said. A sociology professor who spoke to CNN said that while some women are putting motherhood on hold, others likely will decide never to have children.

Stephanie Coontz, who teaches history and family studies at Evergreen State College, told NPR, ""We are in a period when people are very cautious about making long-term, financial commitments, because that's what a child is nowadays, as well as an emotional commitment."

It does cost a lot to provide for your kids. You can figure it out on this calculator. I applaud women who can make this wise decision. If you can't afford to take care of your child, then it is probably a good idea to delay having a baby. But we Mommas know that so often, the decision to have a baby isn't made with your head full of figures but with your heart full of joy. Which one outweighs the other is never an easy choice.

~ Sherry Robinson

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