America – including the Big Apple – is facing a childbirth shortage, according to a federal report released Thursday that found we are not procreating fast enough to replace the dying population.
In 2017, the birthrate was 1,765.5 children per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 over their lifetimes, the study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
That rate is about 16 percent below the total replacement rate of 2,100 per 1,000 women that’s needed for mankind to be able to replenish itself.
The Big Apple fell far behind the national average with just 1,654.5 births.
Researchers didn’t speculate about the reasons behind the decline, but Brady Hamilton, the lead author of the study noted that the rate of teen pregnancies dropped 7 percent, while the country saw an uptick in women having kids later in life, between the ages of 40 to 44, from 2016 to 2017.
Health experts also pointed out that women’s roles in society have changed.
“Women are participating in the workforce more and women are leaving their home later, launching their careers later, developing what we call family formation – finding a partner and having offspring – later,” explained Dr. John Rowe, a professor at Columbia School of Public Health. “If you started all that five years later, you wind up with one less child.”
The 1,765.5 birthrate from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics is down from 1,820.5 in 2016, 1,843.5 in 2015, and 1,862.5 in 2014.
In 2017, 3,855,500 babies were born in the country – down 2 percent from the year before.
New York City also welcomed 2.8 percent fewer bundles of joy in 2017 as opposed to 2016, when 117,013 babies were born.
The comprehensive CDC report was based on birth-certificate data and broke down the number of births per state, including the District of Columbia.
Two states – South Dakota and Utah – had rates above the number needed to stabilize the population. DC had the lowest rate.