Survey points to higher U.S. birth rate in future: CDC

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More U.S. women expect to have children some time in the future than they did in 2002, according to a federal study released on Thursday, which could point to a higher U.S. birth rate.

A survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that half of women aged 15–44 expected to have children, up from 46 percent in a 2002 survey.

“It’s not a huge increase but it is a statistically significant increase,” one of the study’s authors, Jill Daugherty, said.

The increase could indicate a higher U.S. birth rate at some point in the future, Daugherty said. The new study did not examine what was behind the increase.

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