The Washington Post
The recession is apparently prompting more women to try to delay having babies, according to the first survey aimed at documenting the effects of the economic downtown on childbearing.
The survey, commissioned by the Guttmacher Institute, a private, nonprofit reproductive-health research organization, involved 947 women ages 18 to 34 with household incomes of less than $75,000; it was conducted in July and August.
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– Forty-four percent reported that, because of the economy, they want to reduce or delay childbearing. Most of these women want to get pregnant later (31 percent), want fewer children than previously planned (28 percent) or now do not want any more children (7 percent).
– Nearly half of those who want no more children reported that, because of the economy, they are thinking more about sterilization.
– Nearly one in four women reported having put off a gynecological or birth-control visit in the past year, to save money.
– 8 percent reported that they sometimes did not use birth control in order to save money.
– Among women using the birth-control pill, 18 percent reported inconsistent use as a way to save money.