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U.S. Women in Their 30s Are Having Fewer Babies During Pandemic

  • Fertility dropped among prime childbearing women aged 30-34
  • Drop was offset by increased birth rates among 20-24 year olds

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Women in their prime childbearing years had fewer children this year than during the 2008 financial crisis, underscoring the broad impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Birth rates for women aged 30 to 34, who previously saw the biggest increase in fertility among age groups, plummeted in 2021 as the pandemic increased economic uncertainty, according to research from the St. Louis Federal Reserve.