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Latina Birthrates Go Way Down

January 7, 2013
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Hispanic women are choosing to have fewer children. Between 2007 and 2010, their birthrate dropped more than that of whites, blacks and Asians. This affects the birthrate of all children born in America. It is now about half of what it was in 1957.

Experts say there are several reasons for the reduction in the number of children born. These include:

  • A change in the culture of Hispanics that favored large families.
  • Access to birth control and education.
  • The slow U.S. economy.

Some predict the birthrate will rise again if the economy improves. Most think the trend, which is dramatic, will continue.

Health insurance plays a big role, as does the need to reduce the cost of contraceptives. An important part of the change is the attitude of Latinos. They want to become part of the American middle-class.

Latinas still have the most unintended pregnancies. Latinas have the highest share of teen-age births.

However, an expert said, “When you hear about a decrease in the birthrate, you do not expect Latinos to be at the forefront of the trend.”

Latinas say they do not have the same pressures here to have children that they had back home. And they do not have the same family resources they had in their native countries.

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