A new fertility forecast suggests the great “baby bust” in America is coming to an end, thanks in large part to churchgoers.
Recent studies show women of faith intend to have, and actually make more babies than women who rarely ever attend church.
“Essentially, Christian religions believe in the bible edict to multiply and replenish the Earth and that sort of thing, they feel like it's something God would want them to do,” says Dr. Sam Sturgeon with Demographic Intelligence.
Sturgeon tells KTRH News that faith coupled with a strengthening economy has put a stop to the falling birth rate in recent years.
“People that were sitting on the sidelines are now feeling more comfortable, more willing to make that choice to have a child,” he says.
America also has seen more women waiting to have children, but the influx of those over 30 giving birth has helped offset the choice by younger women to first finish school and establish their career.
Still, there's no denying religious communities provide a stronger support network for family planning.
“Even in more difficult economic times, children are viewed by those of faith as a source of happiness, and the right thing to do, a sacrifice worth making,” says Sturgeon.