So how many children are U.S. women expecting to have? In 20132015, women on average expected to have 2.2 children in their lifetime. That estimate actually has decreased since 2002. Yoann JEZEQUEL Photography/Getty Images Advertisement The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new data from the National Survey of Family Growth, and congratulations: Half of women ages 15-44 in the United States plan to have a baby in the future. Mazel tov! OK, so it’s not exactly a pregnancy announcement. But it is a significant statistic, and not just because we’re all nosy and want to know if the neighbors plan on bringing another baby home. In 2002, only 46 percent of women 15 to 44 years old were expecting to have a baby, reports the CDC. By the time the latest survey period, 2013-2015, rolled around, that percentage had increased four points, to 50 percent. What happened? Did all those U.S. women suddenly realize they need someone to care for them in old age? Did the adorable plump cheeks of the royal babies sway them? Perhaps, but that’s probably not the reason more women are planning on having children. It might actually signal more confidence in the… Read full this story
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