July 1, 2015


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Birth dearth in U.S.

The U.S. recorded the most deaths in its history and the fewest births since 1998, resulting in the lowest population gain from natural causes in 35 years, an analysis of 2013 Census Bureau estimates shows.

Americans remain cautious about having babies following the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Photo issued Saturday April 13, 2013, by Lothian Health Services showing nurse Sarah Kennedy holding newborn baby who has been named Charlotte after the police officer who accompanied her to hospital in this photo made Friday April 12, 2013. The baby was discovered by a passer-by in Hailesland Park in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was taken to hospital by a policewoman named Charlotte to be checked out by medical services. Baby Charlotte is doing well say the hospital midwives. (AP Photo / NHS Lothian)

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Photo issued Saturday April 13, 2013, by Lothian Health Services showing nurse Sarah Kennedy holding newborn baby who has been named Charlotte after the police officer who accompanied her to hospital in this photo made Friday April 12, 2013. The baby was discovered by a passer-by in Hailesland Park in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was taken to hospital by a policewoman named Charlotte to be checked out by medical services. Baby Charlotte is doing well say the hospital midwives. (AP Photo / NHS Lothian)

"The recession... continues to have a negative impact on births," said Ken Johnson, a senior demographer with the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute, who analyzed the data.

-- Washington Post-Bloomberg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 29, 2014 D6

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