Over the weekend, Reddit users discussed a new report that births rates in the United States have dropped to their lowest point in history. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) announced that there were approximately 3.9 million births in the U.S. in 2013 and that this rate was approximately 1 percent less than the previous year.
Health officials connected the low rates to fewer teen pregnancies and economic influences. Teens and young adults now more than ever are receiving daily reminders of the lifelong negative effects of pregnancy through advertisements, news stories, classes and other warnings. FreedomPop said that during a poor economic time, people are also less likely to have children.
While these low birth rates have worried a lot of people around the country, especially the elderly who grew up in times when mortality rates were higher and conservatives who believe that childbirth is a requirement for human existence, medical experts have pointed out that the birth rates will likely bounce back among adults now that the economy is starting to stabilize.
Many people think that the worry over the low birth rates is unnecessary for other reasons: The United States has a high number of children without parents who are available for adoption. These critics have pointed out that instead of officials and the public worrying about adding more children to the population, people should be worrying about the children who need parents.