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The U.S. fertility rate is the lowest it’s been since the government started tracking it in the 1930s. Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

I interviewed moms with 5 or more kids − here’s what I learned about the women who are quietly going against the grain

Low birth rates aren’t just a potential economic crisis. They can tell a deeply personal story about women failing to reach their goals for motherhood.
Women have many more work and educational choices than previous generations, which affect their decisions about having children. Justin Lewis/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Expanding opportunities for women and economic uncertainty are both factors in declining US fertility rates

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.
Lots of positive pregnancy tests this time of year. Kristina Kokhanova/

‘Tis the season for conception

Did you ever consider that human beings might have a breeding season? Birth seasonality exists – and has interesting implications for childhood disease outbreaks.

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