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Oh Baby: A Look At The New Baby Boom

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

2007 may have been the Chinese “Year of the pig”, but it seems for many it was the year of the baby (boom).

In fact, according to statistics, a record number of births, 4,315, 000 to be exact, took place across the U.S. last year, making it a milestone year for the American family.

Experts note that the last time the U.S has experienced a baby boom of this caliber was back in 1957, with a recorded 78 million babies born between 1946 and 1964. The only other real significant increase was a 3% baby boom from 2005 to 2006, the first notable single-year increase since 1989.

Still, experts say that the boom, though no comparison to the one in the 1950s IS on the rise. The new boom, or rather boomlet would need to increase significantly from the current single-digit increases in order to be considered a true boom, and is currently more closely reminiscent to the boom seen in the 1980s and 90s by a generation known as “Echo Boomers”.

Today’s Millenials or Gen Y(ers) that are part of the new boomlet consist of immigrants having children, professional women who delayed getting married and/or having babies until their mid to late 30s and 40s, and believe it or not, a new influx of women in their 20s and early 30s that are getting married and started families sooner than their older (pregnant) peers. And this tri-fold baby birth phenomenon is giving rise the new “boom”

Still, many are less concerned with just who is having this influx of kids and instead how this added increase in family will effect the workforce, the economy and the school system.

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