During the Great Depression and then again during the oil crisis in 1976, birth rates dropped. I'm guessing that the current economic downturn will cause a decline in the number of babies born this year. Raising kids costs money and although we don't like to think about having children in a monetary way, being practical makes sense.
Around the world, different countries offer couples thousands of dollars and all sorts of bonuses for having more children. The US has never done that.
Right now our country is bailing out companies and whole industries in an effort to keep people employed. With job security so tenuous, and many already without jobs, you have to wonder if having babies is recession-proof. If not, will we have more single child families?
I would love to hear from people who are postponing a pregnancy because of the economy and those who are going ahead in spite of it.