Home Health Parents News Now U.S. Birth Rate Down for 4th Consecutive Year U.S. Birth Rate Down for 4th Consecutive Year By Holly Lebowitz Rossi October 04, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_114253576 29930 The decline in 2011 was just 1 percent — not as sharp a fall-off as the 2 to 3 percent drop seen in other recent years. "It may be that the effect of the recession is slowly coming to an end," said Carl Haub, a senior demographer with the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization. Most striking in the new report were steep declines in Hispanic birth rates and a new low in teen births. Hispanics have been disproportionately affected by the flagging economy, experts say, and teen birth rates have been falling for 20 years. Falling births is a relatively new phenomenon in this country. Births had been on the rise since the late 1990s and hit an all-time high of more than 4.3 million in 2007. But fewer than 4 million births were counted last year — the lowest number since 1998. Image: Mother and baby, via Shutterstock. By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment U.S. Birth Rate Down for 4th Consecutive Year Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.