Bucking the trend in many other wealthy industrialized nations, the United States seems to be experiencing a baby boomlet, reporting the largest number of children born in 45 years.
The nearly 4.3 million births in 2006 were mostly due to a bigger population, especially a growing number of Hispanics. That group accounted for nearly one-quarter of all U.S. births. But non-Hispanic white women and other racial and ethnic groups were having more babies, too.
There are cultural reasons as well. Hispanics as a group have higher fertility rates — about 40 percent higher than the U.S. overall. And experts say Americans, especially those in middle America, view children more favorably than people in many other Westernized countries.
“Americans like children. We are the only people who respond to prosperity by saying, `Let’s have another kid,'” said Nan Marie Astone, associate professor of population, family and reproductive health at Johns Hopkins University.
I had thought I was seeing such a trend. My last workplace seemed to have multiple women pregnant all the time, and the number of pregnant women and women with young children seems to be increasing at my parish over a few years ago. This is a good thing for America, of course. A nation afraid to have and raise children in a nation in decline. An increase shows that we believe we have something worth passing on to a new generation. It’s a sign of hope for the future.
Hat Tip: Instapundit.com who comments: “I credit the Spears family.”