With more than a year into the covid-19 pandemic, the world has suffered a lot and has faced many restrictions. But one positive thing is that babies are still being conceived and born in good health even during the pandemic. But is the birth rate the same as before?
A look Into The Low Fertility Rate In Colorado
According to a report from the Center For Diseases Control And Prevention (CDC), the birth rate has declined in the United States. The birth rate has declined by 4% in the year 2020. This was the sharpest fall in the birth rate in 5 decades. And the decline in the fertility rate is most visible in the state of Colorado.
The state of Colorado was, however, reporting a sharp decline in the fertility rate even before the pandemic. The rate was falling at the same rate in Colorado before 2020 as well. The fact states that Colorado has the lowest fertility rates in the country. Colorado accounts for an average of 53.3 births per thousand women.
Denvor7 has surveyed the cause behind the sharp decline of the fertility rate in younger women in Colorado. While looking at the 360-degree angle on the situation, Denvor7 tried to study the impact of the low fertility rate. The causes behind it were also analysed. The impact of the declining birth rate on Colorado’s environment, the education system and the economy is discussed.
The analysis revealed the major cause of the decline in fertility rate is the changing priorities of the female population in developed countries. Since women these days are more focused on their career and choose to conceive late, they tend to have fewer children. This is the major cause of the declining fertility rate in Colorado.
If one chose to conceive for the first time at the age of 35, it is most likely that she might be having only a single child. This contribution of the female counterparts in the workforce is a main contributing factor.
Angela Fellers LeMire manages the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), has said that a rise in the fertility rate among women in the age group of 35 to 44 is observed last year. But the same for the age group younger than 35 years has fallen.
She added that another reason behind the falling infertility rate in Colorado could be the Colorado Family Planning Initiative (CFPI) that started in 2008. The plan was initially launched to reduce the teen fertility rate. It has provided access to birth control options that might have caused the decline in fertility rate in the younger generation. Colorado is also known to maintain the highest education rate among other states. And higher education has a link with the decline in fertility rates.
Though it is good that the state is able to control and prevent teen pregnancies, but a decline in birth rates can prove problematic for the state. The decline in the birth rate in Colorado has impacted a number of things in Colorado. An enrolment decline in schools has forced these to be shut down. The main reason is that the expenses are getting higher than the revenue that is generated.
For example, DPS has lost almost about 5000 students between the year 2014 to 2020.
The decline has also raised questions on how to support the aging population in Colorado. The state is on the verge of more of the older generation and fewer young people. It is estimated that by 2050, almost 20% of the Colorado population will be above 65 years of age.
The impact on the environment when there is an imbalance in the younger and older generation, with fewer babies born but the high life expectancy of the olds, is not clear.