One piece of news that made headlines today is the declining U.S. birth rate, with Latinos leading the trend. You heard right. After years of having to listen to their relatively high fertility rate being discussed as an immigration issue, it's Latinas who are contributing most to the decline.
Registered births in the U.S. declined 3 percent between 2009 and 2011, a trend that began some years ago and which experts are attributing in part to the economy. The report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention breaks it down by ethnic group and age. (To download the entire report, click on the link below or to the side, then on "First Decline in Cesarean Delivery Rate in Over a Decade" on the CDC site.) Highlights from the report: