‘Baby bust’ warn­ing

Burton Mail - - National -

DE­CLIN­ING fer­til­ity rates around the world are lead­ing to a “baby bust” in many coun­tries in­clud­ing the UK, health ex­perts have warned.

Glob­ally fer­til­ity rates – the av­er­age num­ber of chil­dren a wo­man de­liv­ers over her life­time – have de­clined since 1950.

The large-scale study, pub­lished in the Lancet, found that in 2017, coun­tries in­clud­ing the UK, Sin­ga­pore, Spain, Nor­way and South Korea were not main­tain­ing their cur­rent pop­u­la­tion size.

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