For everyone making jokes about a post-pandemic baby boom... think again!
A new study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology found that more than 80% of people do not plan to conceive during the COVID-19 crisis. The University of Florence in Italy surveys around 1,500 people online discussing their plans to have a family. This occurred three weeks into the quarantine in Italy. Each person in the survey had been in a heterosexual relationship for more than a year.
The study found that over one-third of people who were planning to have a baby before the pandemic, put their plan on hold. Mostly due to economic concerns and impact it would have on their pregnancy. The other 60% that were trying to have a baby before the pandemic, continued with their plans but mainly due to fears of infertility if they waited. 11% of the respondents said the pandemic actually inspired them to conceive. Mostly women in this 11% said that bringing a child into the world would bring positivity.
Even in the Unites States, we are seeing studies that may conclude to a decrease in births next year. Mr. Johnson, the University of New Hampshire demographer, said that he does not expect a baby boom next year. “The pandemic and its economic and social aftermath may well have long-term repercussions unlike any we have seen in the past,” he said. “This has implications for fertility that are difficult to determine given we haven’t had anything like this happen in a hundred years.”
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