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No Baby Boom This Year; The Virus Has Put a Damper on Pregnancies

babyWASHINGTON, DC, Nov 20 — We’re fast approaching the ninth month of the COVID-19 lockdown and if we were going to see a coronavirus Baby Boom this year, it would be starting now, says Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].

Weber notes that the term, Baby Boomers, became part of the vernacular at the end of World War II.  As discharged soldiers returned home after years of deprivation there was a surge in the number of births.  Almost 77 million newborns were added to the population in the U.S. — 40% of the American population at the time.

Ten thousand Baby Boomers turn 65 years of age each and every day;  they make up the segment of the U.S. population born between the years of 1946 and 1964.

Will we see a similar spike due to the self-isolation required as a result of the coronavirus outbreak of 2020?  When the notion of self-isolation was becoming a reality, the speculation was that potential moms and dads were going to have a lot of alone time on their hands and they would probably be spending more time in the bedroom, triggering another Baby Boom.  But it’s not likely to happen.  In fact, the experts are predicting a sharp decline in births.  The Brookings Institute, for example, predicts that next year there will be as many as half a million fewer babies born and it is because of the COVID crisis.

“Perhaps the post-war Baby Boom happened because the newfound peace served to motivate all of those Rosie the Riveters to start or increase the size of their families but the pandemic is likely to have had the opposite effect.  We must also consider the fact that modern day moms are not like the stay-at-home moms of yore.  They don’t rely on a ‘breadwinner’ because they are breadwinners themselves and COVID-19 inspires angst rather than romance,” says Weber.

The Brookings report, which cites the Spanish Flu of 1918 and the Great Recession of 2007-2009, seems to corroborate that notion.  The report states that “an analysis of the Great Recession leads us to predict that women will have many fewer babies in the short term, and for some of them, a lower total number of children over their lifetimes.”  It also notes that a “drop in births that resulted from the Spanish flu was likely due to the uncertainty and anxiety that a public health crisis can generate, which could affect people’s desire to give birth.”

Sian Beilock is a scientist who focuses on performance anxiety.  As she put it in a recent article in Forbes magazine: “The sudden closure of schools and daycares, forced many of us to unexpectedly take on the roles of teacher and caregiver while continuing to work fulltime. And pre-pandemic government data indicate that women were already spending about twice as much time as men on childcare and household chores … Right now, women are overburdened by invisible labor and no one can predict what the ‘new normal’ will look like over the next few years – that’s why many who were considering parenthood in the near term have had second thoughts.”

About AMAC: The 2.3 million member Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] [https://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy organization that takes its marching orders from its members. We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests and offering a practical insight on how to best solve the problems they face today. Live long and make a difference by joining us today at https://amac.us/join-amac.

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Concerned Citizen
10 months ago

A family relative who tried and tried to have children gave up 6 years ago after miscarriages (2 pregnancies both prompted with medical intervention). Their first baby now due in mid-December with NO medical intervention for conception, completely unplanned, at age 39! They are delighted! Says baby showers abound at her office workplace. The moms are all mostly working from home now but go into the office about once a week (carefully, due to covid). Apparently they were unaware of Grimaldi’s projections . . .

Kim
10 months ago

Huh, I wouldn’t have thought so! But then two things came to mind:

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” (Maybe there’s something to look forward to after a hard day’s work.)
“Familiarity breeds contempt.” (And there’s the very real possibility that living together 24/7 does not engender tender feelings…)

Louise
10 months ago

My daughter has a 9 month old and almost every friend of hers either just had a baby or is pregnant. And this is my daughter and her husband’s seventh precious miracle!

Pamela Sage
10 months ago

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think most women feel like having sex when they feel threatened, confused, scared, depressed, and/or want to commit suicide. I know that sex is not the first thing on my agenda at times like these. Toilet paper is what I’m after! Ha! Ha!

Gordon E. Browning, PhD
10 months ago

Donald J. has corrected much Obamacrew subversion. He needs four more years to “cement” the corrections.

Rich
10 months ago

Sadly, this will go in the lefts favor. At least they will not need as large a push for abortion which they love to support. If we do not support our American culture with natural births the left will advance America with illegal aliens which will more than support the lefts base. Just what they want.

Gordon E. Browning, PhD
10 months ago

President Trump and crew support democracy, not “Demoncratcy”.

Teresa Carroll
10 months ago

Could it be that you are not seeing the entire picture. I know personally of 8 miscarriages this year. Including 2 of my children! In my lifetime of 60 years I had only known of one person who miscarried until this year. I live in a rural area and my children in the city. Proximity has nothing to do with it. I doubt that they keep a record of this, yet I wonder what the national numbers of miscarriages were this year.

Sue
10 months ago
Reply to  Teresa Carroll

My daughter also had a miscarriage this summer. I’ve thought Covid contributed. I wonder if anyone is looking at the numbers of miscarriages this year.

Joe704
10 months ago

Well, I don’t remember there being “on demand abortions” both legally and readily available between 1946 and 1964. Neither was their easy access to chemical birth control.

Parris
10 months ago

Well that’s just want the Deep State wants – depopulation. A virus that cannot be controlled or prevented (colds & flu) plus less humans! I must say we should give credit where credit is due. Way to go fellow citizens – you seem to never let the darkness down!

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