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New study shows parents are waiting longer to have kids

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 --- 8:00 p.m.

Madison --- It's a growing statistic, the mentality of getting married and having kids right away is no longer there. It's according to a new national study released Wednesday.

Jamie and Michael Garrison, are both in their 30's and they just had their first daughter nine months ago.

"We had been married five years before we decided to have a kid," said Jamie.

According to the study by the Centers for Disease Control, in 2007 there were nearly 70 births per 1,000 women, ages 15 to 44. In 2012, that number dropped close to seven percent, making it the lowest fertility rate ever reported.

Many blame the economy for the decline, saying both job and financial security is important before planning for a child.

But for the Garrison's they waited because that's what their friends were doing, saying the move was simply generational, "There's not the same stigma to get married, and as soon as you get married have kids."


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