birth rate

variants: or birthrate \ ˈbərth-​ˌrāt How to pronounce birthrate (audio) \

Definition of birth rate

: the ratio between births and individuals in a specified population and time

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Currently, birth rates from IVF vary widely, from 31% for women age 35 and under to around 3% for women age 42 and older when using fresh embryos, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emily Mullin, WSJ, "IVF Often Doesn’t Work. Could an Algorithm Help?," 4 Apr. 2019 Plus, historically birth rates have risen over time. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New Baby Break This Record Set by Prince Louis?," 27 Mar. 2019 When Texas cut funding for Planned Parenthood in 2011, teen birth rates and abortions rose, while thousands of women went without reproductive health care. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Time, "Sen. Warren: Trump’s New Proposal Is Another Attempt by the Government to Control Women’s Bodies," 30 May 2018 Chinese authorities want to boost the birth rate, but its population pyramid is upside down: There's a shrinking number of workers to support an aging population. Serenitie Wang, CNN, "Recovering from one child: China's growing fertility problem," 7 May 2018 So if countries want to boost the falling birth rate, there's an easy solution: Make things easier on parents. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Science Proves It: Parenthood Is the Absolute Worst," 12 Aug. 2015 But the efforts to reverse declining birth rates with incentives to have babies haven’t succeeded. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "China’s Looming Labor Shortage," 10 Feb. 2019 The job of a handmaid is to bear children, as the birth rate has been steadily declining. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Sexy 'maiden costume' yanked from website after backlash from 'Handmaid's Tale' fans," 21 Sep. 2018 In the six years between Mubarak’s forced departure during the Arab Spring and el-Sissi's current initiative, family planning projects were not well funded, and the birth rate started rising. Jacob Wirtschafter And Mina Nader, USA TODAY, "Egypt pushes population control: 'Two is Enough'," 5 July 2018

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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birth·​rate | \ ˈbər-ˌthrāt How to pronounce birthrate (audio) \

Medical Definition of birthrate

: the ratio between births and individuals in a specified population and time often expressed as number of live births per hundred or per thousand population per year

called also natality

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