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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'Natural cycles' fertility app gets FDA approval to prevent pregnancy

The FDA has approved a fertility-tracking app that boasts a lower unintended pregnancy rate than the pill, without the side... Read more

In an age of #MeToo, women take a ‘second look’ at the sexual revolution

Fifty years after the sexual revolution promised female empowerment through casual sex “without consequences,” scholars are looking into the far-reaching... Read more

The female nuclear physicist who created a fertility app

Meet Elina Berglund: a nuclear physicist who will be known as the woman who developed the first natural cycle fertility... Read more

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NFP: It's not just a Catholic thing anymore

For some, it was a health-conscious decision. For others, it was environmental. For still others, it was faith-based.  Read more

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How art and technology are clearing up 'miscontraceptions' on women’s fertility

Read the headlines of major news outlets and you might think women’s fertility is an unknowable force understandable only by... Read more

Thomas and Susan Hilgers of the Pope Paul VI Institute speak with CNA in Rome, Oct. 16, 2014.

How a reproductive health pioneer became an 'instant convert' reading Humanae Vitae

As founders of an institute studying reproductive healthcare, Thomas and Susan Hilgers have seen the benefits that natural family planning... Read more

Natural Family Planning praised for respecting women, nature

Catholic teaching on sexuality and fertility is being hailed as a moral alternative to hormonal birth control that embraces nature... Read more

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Fertility treatments succeed without assisted reproduction

A doctor in Italy has seen great success in helping couples conceive by examining their overall health and treating underlying... Read more