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MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News)
Birth rates tend to fall during pandemics, and history is repeating itself with the COVID-19 scourge, researchers say.
Fewer babies have been born in much of Europe and the United States. Earlier in the pandemic, U.S. births declined 7%, a new study finds.
In Europe, birth declines varied. In Italy they dropped 9%, in Spain 8% and Portugal 7%, while in Denmark, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands birth rates did not go down.
“When compared to the large fall in southern Europe, the relative stability of [crude birth rates] in northern Europe points to the role of policies in support of families and employment in reducing any impact on births,” the researchers noted.
“The bottom line is that there was a lot of variation across countries in the decline,” said study co-author Seth Sanders, a professor of economics