Women delaying marriage, still having kids.
There’s a disturbing new trend when it comes to babies born in America. Calling it "The Great Crossover," researchers say for the first time in history the median age of American women having babies is lower than the median age of marriage.
That translates into nearly half of all first-born kids in the U.S. are born out of wedlock.
Dr. Susan Tortolero at UT’s Prevention Research Center says the numbers reflect studies that already show nearly half of all pregnancies are unplanned.
“Women are still having unplanned pregnancies, so I think that’s contributing to this trend,” Tortolero tells KTRH News. “And the average of marriage is much later, and young adults are not prepared for that.”
Tortelero adds that while teen pregnancy is down in Texas and across the U.S., this latest study proves young adults still have a long way to go in terms of preventing pregnancy before marriage.
“A two parent household is probably best in terms of economic outcomes, child health outcomes and child education outcomes,” she says.
That's not to say parents don't live and stay together. However, Dr. Bob Sanborn with the group Children At Risk argues a ‘married’ couple shows they are committed to staying together.
“When parents are not married and living in the house, there’s a higher likelihood that they’ll go their separate way at some point,” says Sanborn.
The Texas Eagle Forum's Cathie Adams agrees, saying it’s time we get back celebrating the act of marriage again.
“I think that children who are growing up with the role models of a mom and dad in a marriage that is intact, is the best example we can give our children,” she says.