ACCORDING TO A GOVERNMENT REPORT RELEASED WEDNESDAY, the U.S. birth rate fell 4 percent last year, the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years.
The rate dropped for moms of every major race and ethnicity and in nearly age group, falling to the lowest point since federal health officials started tracking it more than a century ago.
Births have been declining in younger women for years, as many postponed motherhood and had smaller families.
Birth rates for women in their late 30s and their 40s have been inching up. But not last year.