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.
December 22, 2005 |
Japan's population dropped this year for the first time on record, the government said, signaling a demographic turnaround for one of the world's fastest-aging societies. The Health Ministry's annual survey showed deaths outnumbered births by 10,000 -- the first time that had happened since data were first compiled in 1899, a ministry official said. The announcement marked an acceleration of earlier projections that forecast a decline in Japan's population of 127.7 million as early as 2006.
June 26, 1998 |
Fewer teenagers are having abortions, with rates dropping even faster than falling teen birthrates in nearly every state. The combination pushed the teen pregnancy rate down coast to coast, the government said Thursday. The report analyzed data from 42 states and the District of Columbia and found that pregnancy rates for females ages 15 to 19 dropped everywhere between 1992 and 1995. Abortion rates dropped in every reporting state but Maine, Ohio and Oregon.
September 1, 1997 |
Nine months after the first in a long series of winter storms swept through central and eastern Washington, maternity wards in many area hospitals are being swamped with newborns. Providence Yakima Medical Center surpassed its August average for births just three weeks into the month. The scene is similar at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, which also surpassed its monthly average of 200 births three weeks into August.
August 16, 1988 |
Americans had more babies in 1987 than in any other year in nearly a quarter-century, but at the same time the nation recorded more deaths than any year in history. Last year also saw the lowest marriage and divorce rates in over a decade, according to figures compiled by the government's National Center for Health Statistics.
February 10, 1999 |
California's teenage birthrate has fallen substantially for the sixth year in a row. The birthrate among those 15 through 19 years old fell 8% in 1997, the most recent year for which figures are available. Births to teenagers have declined 22% since the trend was first detected in 1992, state health officials reported. Among younger girls, ages 10 through 14, the birthrate fell 15.4%, the largest annual decrease ever reported. Grantland Johnson, newly named by Gov.
August 19, 1989 |
Due to increased birthrates, California public school enrollment will increase even more sharply than expected over the next 10 years, aggravating an already severe shortage of classroom space, new estimates by the state Department of Finance show. The new numbers project an average annual increase of 160,000 pupils in kindergarten through 12th grade--20,000 more per year than the department's population experts were predicting a year ago. Total enrollment is expected to increase from about 4.