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Baltimore voters to weigh ‘baby bonus’ of $1,000 to new parents

Jul 3, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Voters in Baltimore will decide this fall whether to approve a $1,000 bonus that parents would receive upon the birth... Read more


Can generous family policies help boost fertility rates?

Jun 20, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Many countries have offered generous family policies for decades, but the data on their effects on birth rates are mixed. Read more


Global fertility rates: Here’s how majority-Catholic countries rank against rest of world

May 7, 2024

By Jonah McKeown, Daniel Payne

Catholic populations have for years been associated with high fertility rates — but that has changed. Read more

Fertility rose at the end of the Depression and the end of World War II with the baby boom, to more than 3.5 births for every woman by 1960 — then plummeted immediately thereafter.

What is causing our fertility crisis? Catholic experts weigh in

May 2, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

The 2023 American fertility rate fell to 54.4 births per 1,000 women, which is the lowest in recorded history. Read more


U.S. birth and fertility rates drop to record lows, according to CDC report

Apr 26, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

The total fertility rate, which estimates how many children an average woman would have over the course of her life,... Read more


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