…And African American women may be leading the charge.
Let’s see, Beyonce married Jay-Z before having Blue Ivy. Alicia Keys married Swizz Beatz prior to having son, Eqypt, and newlywed, Kelly Rowland is now pregnant with her first child after marrying Tim Witherspoon.
Sold! There may be something to this study!
On Wednesday, Federal Health officials from the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that fewer unmarried American women are having babies; with the notable exception of those who are over 35.
There was a continued yet slight decline in unmarried women having babies in 2013, accounting for 40.6 percent of all births, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That’s 7 percent lower than the peak in 2008, with reductions in all age groups under the age of 35, the CDC found.
“It’s still high compared with previous generations, but there has been a decline,” said report author Sally Curtin, a statistician at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.
But this drop is recent, Curtin said. “Since the 1940s, except for a few brief periods, there has been almost a continued increase in non-marital childbearing,” she explained.
That climb represented a cultural shift, she added. “Of all unmarried births, only 15 percent are to teenagers. The majority of these births are in co-habiting unions,” she said.
Babies born to unwed mothers living with a partner rose from 41 percent of all births in 2002 to 58 percent in the late 2000s, according to the report; with about half of the pregnancies being intentional, according to Curtin.
The slight drop in births to younger unmarried women since the late 2000s mirrors the decline in all births in the United States, Curtin said. “The fertility rate has declined, but the percent of decline in births to unmarried women has been greater,” she said.
According to studies the birth rate decline to unmarried mothers is even more significant among black and Hispanic women than whites. Although unmarried Hispanic women had the highest birth rate — 73 per 1,000 births — in 2012, that also represented a 28 percent decline from 2007.
The birth rate among unmarried black women dropped 11 percent between 2007 and 2012, to 63 of every 1,000 live births.
And for unwed white women, a 6 percent decline in births was reported during those years. That rate — 32 of every 1,000 births in 2012 — was about half that of black and Hispanic women.
According to Curtin “The fertility rate has declined, but the percent of decline in births to unmarried women has been greater,” she said.
The decline pattern began at the start of the recession in 2007, she said. “The areas that had the worst economic downturn also had the largest drops in the fertility rate,” Curtain said.
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