Baby 'boomlet' hitting the U.S.?

ATLANTA The 4,317,119 births recorded in 2007 topped the record set in 1957 at the height of the baby boom in the years following /*World War II*/.

The numbers show that 40 percent of those babies were born to unwed mothers, which is also a new high.

Some experts believe the boomlet will not last. There is some indication birth rates in 2008 are already declining, partly as a result of the recession. "I expect they'll go back down," said Dr. Carol Hogue, an /*Emory University*/ professor specializing in maternal and child health. "The lowest birth rates recorded in the United States occurred during the Great Depression, and that was before modern contraception."


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