The U.S. birth rate has plummeted to its lowest point in 25 years as would-be parents postpone having babies due to the poor economy.
The average number of births per woman has fallen 12 per cent from a peak of 2.12 in 2007, when the economy began to falter.
Now the rate is predicted to hit just 1.87 this year and 1.86 next year, the lowest since 1987, according to birthrate forecasters Demographic Intelligence.
The forecasters, who produce quarterly predictions for consumer and pharmaceutical companies, said the rate is not expected to rise again for at least two years, USA Today reported.
They noticed a stark difference between race, with the less-educated and Hispanics suffering the largest decline.