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U.S. birthrate falls 4%

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The United States birth rate is down four percent from 2007, which is the steepest decline in more than 30 years.

The number of women having babies fell for all age groups under 40, with some of the largest decreases seen among those in their peak childbearing years.

The birth rate dropped for all races but was especially significant among Hispanic women.

Experts loosely blame the poor economy for the decline, but say it is impossible to determine based on this data alone.

More families chose not to have second and third children, which experts say could be because of financial factors.

The birth rate for women over age forty increased.

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