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Everyone Is Missing A Key Reason The U.S. Birth Rate Is Declining

By HuffPost

In the U.S., women are essentially punished for having kidsRead full story

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  • And studies consistently report that men are rewarded for having families. They become more valuable to a company, because they are seen as stable. When a woman has a child, it’s predicted she will be unstable, and a burden on the company. I want to say something witty about the double standard, but I’m too fatigued from being furious over it.

  • Having moved to the US with my wife. Who then gave birth to our daughter last year. I was stunned and appalled at how incredibly hard it is to start a family in the USA. Any country that classes maternity leave as Short Term Disability can’t be healthy. I’m not surprised the birth rate is declining. We were lucky most aren’t !

  • As someone who has moved to the US from the country with the lowest birth rate in the world (Japan), I find the condition for women who are having babies in the US even more difficult and rough. The article says women go back to work 4 weeks after giving birth on average, and I know some people who went back to work less than 2 weeks. Women in japan usually take maternity leaves more than a few weeks (or some don’t go back to work and become a full time mother but). It is very normal that women get

    As someone who has moved to the US from the country with the lowest birth rate in the world (Japan), I find the condition for women who are having babies in the US even more difficult and rough. The article says women go back to work 4 weeks after giving birth on average, and I know some people who went back to work less than 2 weeks. Women in japan usually take maternity leaves more than a few weeks (or some don’t go back to work and become a full time mother but). It is very normal that women get maternity leaves for a few months or up to a year (I never heard of anyone who returned in a few weeks) - but there’s a significant difference in medical/healthcare systems, living costs and such that make it all possible for moms. While it is still an unsolved issue for companies in japan to provide more opportunities and systems to support women who return to work, the condition for women in US who are expecting or considering a baby seems much more severe in all aspects... professionally, physically, financially.

  • I thought the US companies are advanced in terms of protecting the right of mothers at workplace and in fact Japanese companies are struggling to provide better environment for parents like “Western companies.”

    It’s astonishing that as much as 88% of female workers get no paid leave...

    In China, mothers can take four month of maternity leave and the a certain ratio of salaries will be covered by insurance companies. But the best thing is, usually there will be grandparents living together to take

    I thought the US companies are advanced in terms of protecting the right of mothers at workplace and in fact Japanese companies are struggling to provide better environment for parents like “Western companies.”

    It’s astonishing that as much as 88% of female workers get no paid leave...

    In China, mothers can take four month of maternity leave and the a certain ratio of salaries will be covered by insurance companies. But the best thing is, usually there will be grandparents living together to take care of your baby. Family works as a social security.

  • Personally I think this is ridiculous. No one should ever be punished for being pregnant. AT&T has always been one of those companies that I never really trusted. Every time I’ve ever had any kind of dealing with them it turned out bad. Unfortunately this tends to be a trend with big corporations. They tend to not want to pay maternity leave and deal with all of the complications that come with pregnancy in the workplace. It sounds like in this case she did manage to have the law on her side, That’s

    Personally I think this is ridiculous. No one should ever be punished for being pregnant. AT&T has always been one of those companies that I never really trusted. Every time I’ve ever had any kind of dealing with them it turned out bad. Unfortunately this tends to be a trend with big corporations. They tend to not want to pay maternity leave and deal with all of the complications that come with pregnancy in the workplace. It sounds like in this case she did manage to have the law on her side, That’s a good thing. These big corporations need to understand that people are going to get pregnant and have children. They need to make changes to accommodate pregnancy and maternity leave.

  • Mothers aren’t ever given the credit or respect they deserve for what they do. Workplace environments can be hostile when a woman is expecting or already a mother, standards often being heightened as somewhat of a challenge to prove working isn’t for mothers. One too many times, we’ve seen women lose their jobs or experience mistreatment on the job due to their future or present motherhood status. Women having to breast pump during work is an example of this. It’s so often treated as laziness or

    Mothers aren’t ever given the credit or respect they deserve for what they do. Workplace environments can be hostile when a woman is expecting or already a mother, standards often being heightened as somewhat of a challenge to prove working isn’t for mothers. One too many times, we’ve seen women lose their jobs or experience mistreatment on the job due to their future or present motherhood status. Women having to breast pump during work is an example of this. It’s so often treated as laziness or as an excuse to not work. Productivity isn’t decreased just because a mother doesn’t want to lactate through her shirt - just saying. Does it surprise me that Hills needed to sue in order to prove a point regarding how workplaces handle these situations? Not at all. But I wish she’d just been treated with respect from the start.

    With financial challenges and mistreatment by society and employers, yeah...I’d say it’s no wonder women want to stop having babies. We have to find a way to implement more policies to protect mothers, plain and simple. Otherwise, the number will continue to drop, and as the article points out, sustaining the population will be impossible.

  • This is an important issue, but there’s a bit of sloppiness in the article here. For example, it states that 88 percent of workers don’t have paid leave. 88 percent don’t have paid family and medical leave, but a much higher percent have some type of paid leave.

  • as a new mom myself I can defiantly relate to this article. I'm just now returning to work from maternity leave back to my retail position and I know I'm getting fewer hours than before because I need to pump to feed my baby. I need this job to help keep my family afloat and not relying on government assistance. It's frustrating and leave was short and my job makes it difficult to give my baby even just the basics like my breast milk. then minimum wage is not going up fast enough to counter everything

    as a new mom myself I can defiantly relate to this article. I'm just now returning to work from maternity leave back to my retail position and I know I'm getting fewer hours than before because I need to pump to feed my baby. I need this job to help keep my family afloat and not relying on government assistance. It's frustrating and leave was short and my job makes it difficult to give my baby even just the basics like my breast milk. then minimum wage is not going up fast enough to counter everything else moving up in price. my husband and I feel discouraged like we'll never get ahead enough to move out of my parents house

  • And the birth rate will continue to decline and it seems that this country which for years was the model to follow and envy bu most countries is going backwards not only on this issue but also on so many other issues of labor. We are going back to the years before we had labor law rights. Before we realize it child labor laws will be abolished and we will be back to the dark ages.

  • Good grief. That's not the REAL reason at all. People don't believe God. The bible says children are a gift from the Lord. If people actually believed what the bible says about them none of these so called "punishments" would matter. God doesn't give someone a gift and then leave them to go it alone. He provides our needs. We need to believe God, not more laws or family leave.

  • I understand everyone’s Rage,but unfortunately numbers don’t lie

  • Being apart from your family can also be an emotional resistance for having children. "Are you thinking of marriage, kids?" Even how casual that conversation was supposed to be, it does influence you both in terms of the family pressure and the sense of security. By living away from your families, you will just lose both. My parents recently met my daughter for the first time and saw how happy they were and I just realized how families probably have been important fuels for giving birth in modern era.

  • What in the hell are you all going on about? Every woman I've ever worked with who became pregnant had every concession made in order to accommodate them. They had 4 months or more paid leave and came back to work and picked up like nothing happened. You guys are complaining like it's still 1962 out there!! The only thing negative that happens is everyone at work has to take on that person's workload for months on end.

  • It's not economical to have children anymore. The state has intercededi to the family so much that even if you can financially support a child (unlikely), you're still almost forbidden from passing down your own values and family traditions like out great grandparents did. the eight hours a day they spend in school (plus homework) alienates them from family time and values and you're left wondering why you parented a child that inth end, belonged to the state anyways.

    once more people stop relying

    It's not economical to have children anymore. The state has intercededi to the family so much that even if you can financially support a child (unlikely), you're still almost forbidden from passing down your own values and family traditions like out great grandparents did. the eight hours a day they spend in school (plus homework) alienates them from family time and values and you're left wondering why you parented a child that inth end, belonged to the state anyways.

    once more people stop relying on the school system and the state to dictate their family values, things like hard work, responsibility, manners and social skills, and the all around innocent joy or childhood can return to the child's "curriculum" and more people will see a family as a source of happiness and a work worth taking up than just another ball and chain in today's mindless society.

    kids were happier (and less likely to eat Tide pods) when they had chores before school, less homework, and more time building family and personal social bonds. today's children are more likely to have panic attack than anything at the thought of self reliance and discipline, and that in itself, and the situation and circumstances that cause it, are more the reason than anything (from what I can see) that fewer americans are starting families.

  • here's an idea: practice safe sex and save money prior to getting pregnant so you can afford to be off work for a longer period of time without affecting your families financial stability. If you are not able to save money then maybe you should think about getting a better job. Don't blame society and government because you settled to work in a low paying career.

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