A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the birth rate in the US is at its lowest level in three decades.
The corresponding doctor of NBC, the dott. John Torres cites several reasons, including a drop in teenage pregnancies, economic uncertainty and women who delay delivery for careers and professional reasons.
At the age of 40, freelance writer Jennifer Chesak is happy with her decision not to have children. "I love the spontaneity of going and doing what I want to do," Chesak said. "I love work, I'm a bit like a workaholic because I really want to write."
Chesak said the decision was something he carefully considered with her husband Jereme. "I think I had many other aspirations in mind," Chesak said. "The children have a lot of work, and I was not really willing to accept half the job."
Other women are making the same decision and, as a result, only 201 million children were born in 2018.  "We are seeing that access to contraception is more widely available to women and that it has been given they have the opportunity to choose whether or not they have children at a younger age or at different stages of their lives, "said Dr. Rebecca Starck, an OBGYN at The Cleveland Clinic. "Women have choices to delay the birth of children and to optimize their health before they reach pregnancy."
The study revealed that South Dakota currently has the highest birth rate and Washington, the lowest.