The fertility rate in the United States rose from an average of 1.6 children per woman in the 1970s to 1.7 in 2013, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This is not only good news, but it’s a reminder that even the most prosperous nations in the world still have a long way to go in addressing the needs of women, especially the working poor.
That is because the average fertility rate for women between the ages of 25 and 44 is lower than that of women in their 20s and 30s, which makes it harder for women to have children as they age and are more likely to end up in the long-term care system, where they tend to have fewer children.
That, combined with the fact that there is no way to predict when or if women will have children, means that the fertility rate is likely to remain below the average for a long time to come.
“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to fix the problem,” said Kristin Flanders, a demographer with the Pew Research Center who tracks fertility trends.
“That’s a really good thing, but there’s still a lot to do.”
The US has the highest rate of female fertility in the developed world, with an average birth rate of 1,634 per 1,000 women.
But the US has some of the highest fertility rates among advanced countries, with rates ranging from 1,049 in Italy to 1,547 in Finland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
And women in those countries still have the lowest fertility rates of any group in the OECD, according a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The fertility trends have been exacerbated by a rise in women having children after having abortions.
The rate of births to women who have abortions jumped from 0.8 per 1.0 million women in 2007 to 1 per 1 million in 2013.
The United States has also seen an increase in women being sterilized.
As of December 31, the fertility rates for women aged 45 to 44 were 1.2, compared with 1.1 in the US.
The rates for younger women were 1 in 7 in the Netherlands and 1 in 4 in Canada, the report said.
A study published last month in the journal Science found that the rise in fertility rates in some European countries was more dramatic than in the U.S., and in some cases, more dramatic.
For example, in Germany, fertility rates rose by more than 25% between 2003 and 2013.
That trend was mirrored in France and Spain, where fertility rates fell by about 50% in those same years, the study said.
“The situation is much worse in some countries than in others,” said Andrew Sorkin, a reproductive health researcher at Columbia University who wrote a report about the findings.
“It’s not just a story of a few countries where fertility has fallen dramatically,” he said.
Some of the causes behind the rising fertility rates are unknown, and some of them may have been driven by women’s choice not to have babies.
Women in certain countries have opted not to bear children because they find it more challenging or painful to bear, and their parents have given up trying.
For women who do have children or have an abortion, the consequences can be more severe, said Flanders.
If they are forced to choose between their career and family, they might not choose to work.
Some women who are forced into early parenthood are also likely to be less educated than their peers.
And many of those women who choose not to reproduce are also more likely than their counterparts in other developed countries to be poor.
This means that they will have to make decisions about their children and families on their own, and could face difficulties in raising them.
“These decisions are often the ones that affect their health and well-being the most,” Flanders said.
Flanders and others believe that it will take a lot more to end the rising birth rate and the long list of health problems that follow.
“A lot of the problems that we have now are tied to what we’ve done to the fertility level,” Festersons said.
She noted that some of those changes have been gradual and incremental.
“We’re not going to fix everything,” she said.