Is a Coronavirus Baby Boom on the Way? Experts Say No
With millions of couples around the country forced to spend more quality time together at home than usual due to the global pandemic, you would think that would result in a coronavirus baby boom within the next year. I have been saying that nine months from now we're either going to see a lot of babies or a lot of divorces.
However, apparently social scientists are predicting quite the opposite. According to New York 4, the birth rate will most likely reflect the uncertainty many people are currently feeling. So really we might be seeing more of a decrease in the birth rate than we think.
"COVID-19 is going to have a huge impact on all sorts of family behaviors, from dating to marriage to divorce to childbearing,” said Karen Benjamin Guzzo, acting director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research at Bowling Green State University. “Being a parent is sort of irreversible (so) when people feel really uncertain about the future, it doesn't seem like the time to make that kind of long-term decision.”
It is no secret that ever since World War II, every single time our country sees a huge drop in the economy we see a decline of birth rates. So this time won't be any different. According to New York 4, a new survey conducted in the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology found that 80 percent of couples do not plan to conceive during quarantine. 37% said that before this pandemic started they had planned to have a child, however now they are worried about financial difficulties. And lastly, 58 percent of respondents said they are flat right out scared to conceive during this pandemic.