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Birth rate reaches record low as premature deliveries rise

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Vital Statistics System reveals the overall number of new births is down 2% in 2018 compared to 2017; the birth rate for women from 20 to 24 years has dropped an average of 4% each year since 2007
  • Some attribute this trend to economic instability while others were surprised as they expected the economic growth in past years to spark stabilization or growth in the number of babies born. The answer may be related to multiple factors, including exposure to environmental toxins and falling vitamin D levels
  • The rate of teen births is also down 7% in 2018 as compared to 2017, 60% since 2007 and 72% since 1991; at the same time 41% of high school students are sexually active and of those only 59% use a condom, 19% use birth control pills and 1.6% used an IUD or implant to prevent pregnancy
  • The number of premature births is also rising, which may lead to loss of vision, infection, respiratory distress syndrome or death. Evidence supports a link between low vitamin D levels in the mother and premature birth, pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes; protect your health and your pregnancy — request a vitamin D test from your health care provider

The question of whether to start a family or not is one that weighs on the minds of many people. However, like all big decisions there is a range from those who have been positive they wanted children from the time they were teens to those who question whether following in their parents’ footsteps is the right decision for them.

You may have read stories of infertile men and women who are characterized as “desperate for children,” when in fact they are experiencing what generations before thought was a normal and natural desire.

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