While most women who try for a baby will succeed, some won’t, and some will have fewer children than they had planned to have.
In England, children were seen as a way to replenish the military and sustain the economy.
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Go back to 17th- and 18th-century England and France and you’ll see the same sort of handwringing over birthrates that we’re seeing today.
Women have many more work and educational choices than previous generations, which affect their decisions about having children.
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Economic opportunities, social norms and expanding education and employment options for many women help explain why U.S. fertility has slowed in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
We’re still studying the long-term implications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on populations.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is reducing life expectancy, decreasing birth rates and slowing down immigration. These changes may produce concerning trends in populations globally.
Fertility is generally high in Northern Europe and low in Southern Europe.
Fertility is higher in Northern Europe than in Southern Europe. To understand, let’s take a look at family policies, equality between women and men and the economic context.
The average woman in Niger has over seven children – nearly triple the average across developing countries.
Research shows that unrest, even terrorism, can erupt in poor countries with a surplus of young people and not enough jobs. Can Niger, a once-peaceful sub-Saharan African nation, handle its baby boom?
Lots of positive pregnancy tests this time of year.
Did you ever consider that human beings might have a breeding season? Birth seasonality exists – and has interesting implications for childhood disease outbreaks.
Tanzania was one of the first sub-Saharan African nations to embrace family planning as a national development priority.
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Tanzania was an early, ardent believer in family planning. Now it joins a growing number of developing nations that see potential advantage in having a huge and growing workforce.
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Do Muslim couples in Australia have ‘on average 4.5 children’ while other couples have ‘1.5 children’? Could Australia have a ‘Muslim majority’ in ‘a couple’ of generations? Let’s check the evidence.
Many couples undergo multiple rounds of IVF. Our new stats on the chances of a successful pregnancy reflect that.
Women will now be better informed when it comes to deciding whether it’s worth undergoing another round of IVF.
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Incentives to encourage childbearing haven’t worked elsewhere in Asia – can they in China?
How will climate change affect our conception chances?
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A world of warmer weather may be bad news for reproductive health and birth rates.
Hurry up! We’re on the clock.
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