November 1, 1997 |
California in 1996 registered the largest single-year drop in the rate of teenage pregnancies in 25 years, and the decline was spread among all regions of the state and all ethnic groups, the state Department of Health Services reported Friday. Statewide, the birth rate of mothers between the ages of 15 and 19 fell 9% in 1996 from 1995. There were 63,118 births to girls in this category in 1996, down from 66,644 the year before, and from more than 70,000 in 1991.
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January 21, 1993 |
Aging baby boomers, fewer immigrants and a sluggish economy have caused the birthrate in Orange County to dip for the first time since 1983, health care officials said Wednesday. "Obviously, the recession has been a consideration and I think there are people who do look at financial consequences of whether to have a baby or not," said William F. Gayk, Orange County demographer.
June 24, 2001 |
What happens to a prosperous, peaceful society whose women decide en masse they have better things to do than have babies? Nobody knows. It's never happened. But Japan is about to find out. This nation's young women are now offered an unprecedented array of personal and professional freedoms, but the joys of children and family life are still bound by traditional constraints. The result of millions of women's individual decisions is a collective baby strike.
September 8, 1996 |
When teenage girls have babies, life's odds mount fast against them. Many don't finish school. If they marry, their chances of divorce are higher than average. They're less likely to receive prenatal care, and their babies are less healthy. Almost 4,000 teenage girls in Orange County are pregnant or have given birth so far this year. And the numbers are growing. The birthrate to teens increased by 34% between 1990 and 1994.
March 21, 1988 |
It was a relatively slow day in the maternity ward of the Arab Aliya Hospital here. Two new Israeli-made incubators stood in the hall still partly unpackaged, and several beds were empty. Maliha Debabsiyh, 45, had just given birth to her 11th child, a girl, and a roommate who would identify herself only as Bassema, 29, had had her fifth. But it was clear that the hospital would fall short of its daily average of about 13 births, much less match the hectic night of March 5-6.
July 1, 1998 |
The percentage of unmarried black women giving birth dropped to a record low in 1996 after seven years of steady decline, the government reported Tuesday. Blacks were significantly more likely to have a child out of wedlock than whites, though less likely than Latinas. But the rate among blacks was the lowest since the government began keeping the statistic in 1969. Overall, the birthrate for unmarried women remained virtually unchanged after steady increases through the 1980s.
June 24, 1994 |
La Mamma is the same dominant figure in Italy today that she was in Caesar's time, but she is raising fewer bambini than ever, and her changing role is forcing a social revolution in a country that is running out of children. A land where baby clothes hanging on urban wash lines has been as much a tradition as pasta is now graying rapidly. Italy's birthrate today is the lowest in its history and the lowest in the world--1.3 babies per woman. And that number is falling.
August 14, 2006 |
When Kim and Brian Sevin were temporarily displaced to Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there was little else to do but sit around, watch the news and find comfort in each other's arms. That's when baby Cameron Casey was conceived. "She is a Katrina evacuation baby," said Kim Sevin, 35, of the infant who was born a little prematurely on May 29, exactly nine months after the storm. "It was absolutely a blessing, but it was not planned, not expected."
October 8, 2006 |
Welcome to Kstinovo, population one. Antonina Makarova, 78, spends her days watching news and soap operas in her peeling wooden dacha, the only inhabited structure in two lanes of sagging cottages that once were a village. Her nearest neighbor, 80-year-old Maria Belkova, lives in adjacent Sosnovitsy, population two. But she can't hear anymore, and all in all, Makarova finds the television better company. "All the houses here were filled with people. There was a cheese factory.
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May 28, 2003 |
Patty Rodriguez was hardly prepared for the consequences when she began having sex. Her older boyfriend had her convinced that nothing would happen. Besides, many of her Parlier High School girlfriends were sexually active and they hadn't gotten pregnant. But now she tends to her 1-year-old son, Guillermo, in the brightly painted day care center, which opened about six months ago for student mothers like her.