Due to economic pressures, more couples are less certain about the prospects of pregnancy and raising children.
“Researchers at the Guttmacher Institute found that because of current economic concerns, nearly half of women surveyed want to delaypregnancy or limit the number of children they have.” (Guttmacher.org)
According to the 2009 report, “A Real-Time Look at the Impact of the Recession on Women’s Family Planning and Pregnancy Decisions,” researchers found “that more than one in four women surveyed or their partners have lost jobs or health insurance in the past year, and that 52 percent say they are financially worse off than they were a year ago.” Before this spiral, families that had moved into new houses with plans of having another child, suddenly put that on hold. The 2009 birth rate was the lowest of the century. (Csmonitor.com)