Record-Breaking Number Of Women NOT Having Children, Says Study

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Plus, the number of kids women are having has decreased, too.

Parenting: there's pros and cons.

So when it's all said and done, we can't pass on judgement on anyone who opts out of momdom — and according to a new survey, more and more women are doing just that.

The U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey reports nearly half of women between the ages 15 and 44 didn't have children in 2014. This is an increase from 46.5 percent in 2012 to 47.6 percent in 2014. We're currently at the highest percent ever recorded since they began in 1976.

Not only are half of women NOT giving birth to new babies, but they're completely taking a pass on motherhood all-together. 

The number of child-free women between 25 and 29 is through the roof at 49.6 percent. Of women between 30 and 34, 28.9 percent don't have children, an increase from 28.2 percent in 2012. This number, however, has decreased for older women given that the highest record is 29.7 percent in 2010.

Even women who have previously taken on motherhood have been pulling in the reigns on how many children they're willing to take on.

The Census tracks how many kids American women between the ages of 15 and 44 are having. For the past six years, this number has consistently decreased to a whooping 1.86, according to The New York Times

To this we say: whatever you choose — and how many you choose — good for you.


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