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UNWED Mothers Becoming the Norm

By Jackie Burrell
Friday, March 20th, 2009 at 11:52 am in Babies & Tots.

You may have seen the news story yesterday that 2007’s birth rate topped the baby boom record with 4,317,119 births. But the part of the story that left us stunned was that 40 percent of those 4.3 million births were to single mothers, and three quarters of them were over 20, so it’s not some huge spike in the teen birth rate, although that rose slightly too. How times change! It wasn’t that long ago that an unwed mother was a scandalous figure. Now it’s the norm. The Angelina Jolie effect, perhaps? It makes us wonder too why we’re not seeing that trend in our own social circle. Are you?

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