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How The COVID-19 Pandemic Could Impact Already Record-Low US Birthrates

A baby sleeps while in the care of a temporary guardian in Stamford, Connecticut. The newborn's mother went to the emergency room in labor, gravely ill with COVID-19. After his birth, the baby, 5 weeks premature but healthy, was unable to return to his home, as his father  and half brother were COVID-19 positive and quarantined there. (John Moore/Getty Images)
A baby sleeps while in the care of a temporary guardian in Stamford, Connecticut. The newborn's mother went to the emergency room in labor, gravely ill with COVID-19. After his birth, the baby, 5 weeks premature but healthy, was unable to return to his home, as his father and half brother were COVID-19 positive and quarantined there. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Birthrates in the U.S. are at a 35-year low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Christine Whelan, a professor of consumer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explains why and how the pandemic could impact birthrates in the near future.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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