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The birth rate in America has plummeted to a 35 year low

Leslie Tander

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The American birth rate has fallen to a 35 year low. The leading cause of this decline can be attributed to concerns of not being able to afford to have children. Many Americans have either delayed getting children or decided not to have children because of affordability concerns. This statistic was revealed in March 2020 by a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The statistic is based on the number of births recorded in the United States in the year 2019, so it does not take prior years to 2019 into consideration but the sample size of one full year is enough data to make the map the trend of declining parenthood. The study analyzed 99% of all the birth certificated issued in the country in 2018 and compared it to 2018 and determined a substantial drop from the previous year. It is not possible to determine if parents are just delaying becoming parents or have they decided not to have children at all.   In any case, there is no doubt that a significant number of people are not becoming parents because of affordability reasons. The cost of parenthood has increased many folds over the years. Not only has healthcare for children increased but other childcare expenses such as daycare, schooling, insurance premiums have also increased.

The United States is not the only country showing the trend of declining parenthood. The United Kingdom also showed a similar decline in a study published by the Office for National Statistics. The study showed a decline of 10% since 2012. The study highlighted millennials, in particular, to be deferring having children due to low wages, expensive housing, and unstable work. The most concerning aspect of these statistics is that economics is limiting the freedom of people to make important life choices.

Another disturbing aspect of decline in parenthood numbers is the fact that if women are deferring pregnancy due to affordability or work-related reasons, they could have trouble conceiving in their 30s and 40s. It is natural for women to become less fertile as they get into their 30s and 40s. There has been a rise in infertility in the developed countries and one of the reasons has been that more women have joined the workforce and they just can’t afford to have children while working. It could be due to not being able to take an extended break for maternity or they just can’t afford to take their focus off demanding work requirements. In the 1950s women were having on average 4.7 children in their lifetime, compared to 2.4 children per woman in 2019. In the UK the fertility rate is 1.7 children per woman.

The world’s birth rate is still higher than the rate of replacement but the birth rate has been falling since the 1960s. What is interesting to note is that countries that could use a population slow down such as countries in Africa are continuing to see a rise in birthrate, whereas developed countries better equipped to increase population are experiencing a slowdown in the birth rate.  In Niger, the fertility rate is 7.1 children per woman. One of the reasons for this could be lack of awareness of contraceptive methods in developing countries.  The number of 2.1 is considered the rate of replacement. The BBC in England points out when the country’s rate drops below the rate of replacement, the population starts to shrink. A shrinking population could disturb the balance in the workforce and require more immigrants to come and fulfill the required jobs.

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Lea Lomas

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

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35 Life Hacks That Will Revolutionize Your Life

Sherry Rucherman

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Life is all about learning and as we age, boy, do we learn a lot! In order to make the most out of the wisdom we gain from age, we’ve decided to collect 35 of the most clever life hacks on the internet. You can use these simple life hacks for everything from work and travel to getting chores done faster around the house. 

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A Koala Mother Babysits Three Joeys

Mackenzie Freeman

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The parents who have several young children at home often talk about the challenges that they face. Caring for even one very young child is certainly difficult. Having three kids like this just multiplies all of the associated obstacles. Strangely enough, many animal parents don’t quite seem to have the exact same issues. Then again, it’s possible that koala parents might have some of the same problems. 

Very young children tend to squirm and kick whenever they’re held. Parents who have twins sometimes have a difficult time holding both of the kids at once for that reason. They might get used to it, but it still might pose a lot of challenges physically. These situations are even tougher on the parents who actually have triplets. There are koala mothers who have to care for three joeys at once. A koala mother at the Billabong Zoo was in that situation recently. 

Human parents have certain inherently advantages. The fact that humans are comparatively tall certainly helps. Human infants and toddlers are very small compared to their parents. Many animal parents are not as fortunate, including the koala mother at Australia’s Billabong Zoo.

While these koala joeys are actually capable of climbing trees on their own, they seem to prefer resting on her back. While they’re still smaller than she is, the size difference is actually relatively modest. The mother koala seems to be only around three times the size of each individual joey. Since there are three of them, she seems to be at least somewhat overwhelmed. 

The koala joeys can’t seem to sit still, and all four of them seem as if they’re struggling to get comfortable and stay that way. They aren’t resting peacefully on the mother’s back. Instead, they’re constantly shifting and stepping on her. As this is happening, she’s still trying to hold onto the tree. They almost look as if they’re scratching her at times, which is enough to make anyone feel sorry for the mother koala.

It’s an entertainingly adorable image, but the mother koala still seems to be struggling to keep up with all of these joeys. She’s being remarkably patient, especially when people consider the situation overall. These koala joeys were not actually hers. She was just looking after them.

This sort of thing might surprise a lot of people, since koalas are not especially social animals. In fact, plenty of relatively unsocial animals will care for babies that aren’t theirs. They’ll still have the caregiver instinct, which can be helpful in a zoo environment. 

Koala joeys are actually very strongly connected to their parents emotionally. They spend months in pouches, and aren’t even remotely independent for a full year. It takes them even more time to become truly independent, and they’re still very attached to their parents from that point onward. This koala is not actually their mother, but they have the same sort of bonding instinct that her actual children would have. She’s acting as their mother, and that appears to be good enough for the joeys. 

Even though they could spend time on the tree alone, many of them are not going to want to do so. Koalas are generally very inactive animals. The mother koala in particular just seems to want to rest, and the joeys are not making that easy. Still, as energetic as they are, the joeys still settle down some of the time. 

It almost looks as if all four of them are going to fall any second. Still, all koalas are adapted to this sort of situation, and they’re astonishingly good at staying on trees. 

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