Data shows US birthrates fell to a record low — and that was before coronavirus hit

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US birthrates contracted 1% in 2019, dropping to the least number of babies born per year in 35 years.  In 2019, 3.75 million babies were born, according to provisional figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. And general fertility, calculated by the number of births per women aged 5 to 44, fell to its lowest level since the government began tracking that data in 1909. The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in the possibility of a “coronial” or “Baby Zoomer” boom — although experts think economic concerns may prevent that from happening.

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