Wholesome life: child bust | ABC27
There was an expectation that with the pandemic and many couples at home together, there would be a baby boom. But numbers show – that is not the case.
In fact, some say there is a baby bust. Birth rates in the US have steadily declined, with the numbers hitting a record low last year, according to the CDC.
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Gabriel Bogner, co-founder of Mate Fertility, says people might not have children now, but the pandemic has had an impact on the future.
“When COVID hit and people were in their homes and couldn’t receive treatment for a year, they wanted to keep their fertility. So there were a lot of inquiries about freezing eggs, ”said Bogner. “Once you’ve frozen your eggs, I should say you can take a nap on your biological clock.”
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He adds that egg freezing has increased by 40 to 50% due to COVID.
The numbers may reflect the fact that one in eight American families needs medical assistance to have children. However, there are only 460 clinics in the United States that offer fertility services
Fertility treatments are financially expensive and many people have lost their jobs and could not afford them.
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The pandemic put many lives on hold for a year and Bogner says a year or two can make a big difference as timing is everything when you have kids.
Bogner assumes that the birth rates will continue to fall due to social, economic and ecological factors.
Many couples want to have children later, and the cost of fertility treatments in the United States is high