Pandemic Baby Bust in Mexico

Early in the pandemic, officials in Mexico warned of a lockdown-related baby boom. Instead, the country has seen the opposite. 

  • Births in Mexico dropped 11% in the first 6 months of 2021 compared with the same period a year earlier, preliminary data show.
  • Reasons are still unclear, but experts point to a range of pandemic-driven factors, including economic insecurity, a sharp decrease in weddings, and a shift to longer-acting contraceptives. The trend could be global, demographers say. 

The Quote: “Women are aware, and they’re determined to not have babies, for the moment,” said maternal health official Edith García Díaz.

The Washington Post

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