Decline In U.S. Birth Rate Eases

ATLANTA (December 6, 2013) The number of babies born last year in the U.S. slipped only a little, and preliminary government figures released Friday indicate that trend continued for the first six months of this year.

U.S. births rose after the late 1990s and hit an all-time high of more than 4.3 million in 2007, but then they started dropping each year.

Experts said the bad economy caused many women or couples to feel they couldn't afford to start or add to their family, but the economy improved and the new data may signal births are stabilizing.

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