Is a Coronavirus Baby Boom on the Way?

Tarrah Gibbons
May 10, 2020 - 4:28 pm
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Many couples are quarantining together during the coronavirus pandemic, spending their free time watching Netflix, cooking, and maybe looking towards family planning.

Does all of this alone time mean a coronavirus baby boom will happen in nine months?

According to NBC News, social scientists say the birth rate nine months from now will reflect the uncertainty for many. This means that the numbers of babies will show how the uncertainty of the world has affected couple's want to plan for a family.

Karen Benjamin Guzzo, acting director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research at Bowling Green State University, said that the pandemic would have an impact on others from dating to marriage to even couples having children.

"Being a parent is sort of irreversible (so) when people feel really uncertain about the future, it doesn't seem like the time to make that kind of long-term decision," she said.

Reports have shown since World War II, birth rates have declined every time our country has seen a significant drop in the economy.

Stay-at-home orders are also reducing the number of single people going out and meeting new significant others.

A survey conducted in the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, said 80% of Italian couples who are at an age to have children, said they do not plan to try to conceive during the COVID-19 lockdown. 37% said they planned to have a child before the pandemic and now are worried about financial difficulties. 58% say they are afraid to conceive during the pandemic.

Guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said there is "no clear answer" as to whether couples should wait until this is over to have a child.

Experts say the decision is entirely up to you and your partner, but you should have access to healthcare.

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