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.
Journalist Mehdi Hasan responds to a question from a Q&A audience member.
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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