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May 3, 2021

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The global decline in babies being born

A common narrative in the Western world is that we’re doubling the world’s population. We’re are not. Population growth, according to the United Nations, actually peaked in the late 1960’s and has been declining ever since. Pre-pandemic we were seeing a global average of about 2.1% but that is now expected to decline to 1.1% and may even drop to 0.1% by 2100. Another concern is the decrease in male fertility and children being born around the world. There are many factors behind the decline, some good, some unknown and some as yet unexplained. One positive impact is that more women in developing nations are becoming better educated and entering the workforce than ever before in human history. The result is higher employment for women, thus better nutrition for mom and baby, but less babies as the need for more children declines. Through the mid twentieth century, large families were common

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