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U.S. Birth Rate Seen Returning to Pre-Covid Level as Virus Eases

U.S. birth rates are still declining, but not nearly as severely as in the depths of the pandemic, suggesting Americans are more comfortable having children as Covid-19 cases drop.

The number of births for the first half of 2021 declined by 2%, the same as the decrease observed for the first half of 2020, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. That’s less than half of the drop seen in the second half of 2020.