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08/30/2010 at 12:00 PM ET

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Brooke on

All time low? I’m a Labor & Delivery Nurse and in Southern Indiana, and we’re booming just fine. We’ve been at full capacity for a month and a half and working our tails off with extra shifts. Go Midwest!

Lacey on

I don’t think the low birth rate is due from the recession. I think people are happy with 1 or 2 kids.

Angela on

Where do you live, Lacey? I live outside of Chicago and people here seem to be quite pleased with three or four kids.

Lacey on

Portland, Oregon

Ashley on

Who can afford to have kids in this economy? My husband and I have put off starting a family indefinitely because it’s hard enough making ends meet now without adding children to the equation. I’d say that’s probably a big reason for the downturn lol.

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