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Japanese company’s pivot to adult diapers underscores crashing fertility rates worldwide

Apr 10, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Oji Holdings’ pivot to adult diaper manufacturing underscores an ongoing crisis facing many developed nations around the world: cratering fertility... Read more


Study: Texas fertility rate rose after ‘Heartbeat Act’

Jan 30, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The fertility rate in Texas rose by a statistically significant amount in the wake of the state’s pro-life laws, a... Read more


‘Social emergency’ of low fertility may be driven partly by pesticides, study shows

Dec 7, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Plunging fertility rates, due to multiple factors, present profound challenges for couples today, and the future does not look bright.  Read more


U.S. population expected to decline after 2080; low fertility a cause, Census Bureau says

Nov 10, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The Census Bureau’s data on fertility rates reflect those recorded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more


Data show Americans want larger families even as fertility rates remain at historic lows

Sep 30, 2023

By Daniel Payne

A recent Gallup study shows an increase in the number of Americans who believe that the ideal family size is... Read more


Pope Francis praises NFP method as ‘valuable tool’ for married couples

May 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said the Billings method has spurred “a serious reflection” on “the need for education in the value of... Read more


Biden administration sued after fertility awareness methods cut from health coverage

Jun 14, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Couples can use this biomarker information, in line with Catholic Church teaching, to avoid or achieve pregnancy. Read more

Emily Frase (right) and Mary Bruno have a launched a new website, FAbM, for women seeking effective alternatives to artificial birth control.

Fertility awareness website founders inform women on scientific, holistic alternative to birth control

Nov 21, 2021

By Katie Yoder

Fertility awareness-based methods can be used to adhere to Catholic teaching, allowing couples to plan their families by charting phases... Read more

'Demographic earthquake'? U.S. fertility rates fall again to record-low levels

May 5, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. fertility rate fell by 4% last year to its lowest recorded level, new federal data published on Wednesday... Read more

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Baby bust: New report predicts global population crash

Jul 15, 2020

A new study published in a leading British medical journal predicts that the total fertility rate worldwide will drop well... Read more

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US fertility rates fall again, and coronavirus could make it worse

May 21, 2020

The birth rate in the United States fell to a record low last year, with the fewest babies being born... Read more

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Hungary's incentives mean more marriages but not more babies

Dec 2, 2019

By Matt Hadro

The country’s birth rate remains well below the replacement level of 2.1 births per woman, and the rate has not... Read more

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Study finds fertility below replacement rate is 'new normal'

Oct 15, 2019

Fertility rates around the world are stalling at below the replacement level, a new study has shown, as countries with... Read more

Apple Watch joins growing trend of fertility tracking technology

Jun 4, 2019

It its latest rollout of updates, Apple announced that it will be adding menstruation and fertility tracking to its newest... Read more

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Lowest-ever fertility rates have complicated causes, no easy solutions, experts say

May 16, 2019

By Ed Condon

Fertility rates in the United States have fallen to an all-time low, according to provisional figures released by the Centers... Read more

Empty cradle, empty pews? What the low birth rate means for Catholics

Dec 28, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Demographic reports indicate that the U.S. birth rate is at a 40-year low, with significant declines among Hispanic women. That... Read more

FEMM aims for data-driven approach to fertility awareness

Dec 20, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

For some, the idea of “fertility awareness” can seem daunting- full of charts and confusing formulas. The FEMM Health App... Read more

People attending Mass with Pope Francis at the Catholic Sanctuary of the Martyrs, Namugongo, Uganda, Nov. 28, 2015.

African fertility rates are falling - but not fast enough for some Western groups

Nov 3, 2018

Despite recent disparaging Western commentary on high African birth rates, fertility rates on the continent are normal when viewed in... Read more

Dr. Catherine Pakaluk and her children.

Having kids won’t doom your country, says #PostcardsForMacron creator

Oct 20, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

The idea that high fertility rates are a barrier to economic success is a contemporary myth, Catholic University of America... Read more

40 percent of U.S. children born to unmarried parents, rate increasing worldwide

Oct 18, 2018

New data shows that an increasing number of babies worldwide are born to unmarried parents.  Read more