WV Nurse Practitioner claims state birth rates are ‘stable’ following new CDC report

West Virginia

A new report from the Center for Disease Control found Americans aren’t making enough babies to replace the population, however one West Virginia nurse practitioner claims West Virginias have not hit a fertility wall.

The latest report from the CDC shows that the U.S. birth rate is the lowest it’s been in 30 years.

The CDC offered no explanation for the drop, but there could be various factors for the countrywide decline.

“Women are waiting to have children. They are furthering their education and entering the workplace. Maybe (they) want to be more economically stable before they have children,” said Marissa Barberio-Saas, Family Nurse Practitioner with WVU Medicine Obstetrics & Gynecology. 

A trend Barberio-Saas has noticed and believes could be another possible reason for the decline is the drop in teen pregnancies. 

“I think one of the major factors has been access to birth control and education that goes along with it. I think we see a lot of teenagers that do come in requesting family planning services,” said Barberio-Saas.

The new report also broke down 2017’s fertility rates by state. South Dakota came in with the highest birth rate and Washington, DC the lowest.

“Locally I don’t think that translates to what we are seeing,” Barberio-Saas continued. “Locally our birth rate is stable and hasn’t changed in the last few years.” 

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