The study that was performed began with a single question asked to woman of childbearing ages, between 15 and 50. The question was, simply, have you had a birth in the last 12 months? The intended outcome was to determine the, “…current fertility rates based in the number of women reporting a birth in the previous 12 months per 1000 women in the specified group.” (Lawler Dye 5) She believes it will provide a thorough picture of fertility trends among differing ages, cultural backgrounds, and economic groups within the United States.
One of the most interesting groupings of numbers were presented in discussing the differences in the numbers of woman who are now having children much later in life than in previous decades. Women with college educations, associate degrees and higher, and then pursue a career throughout their 20s and 30s are more likely to have their children in their 40s. However, these numbers are offset by the number of young woman without education, including not receiving a high school diploma, which have much larger numbers of children per 1000 surveyed. These same women, those with no continuing education, also tend to be the largest portion of single parent or non married cohabitation living arrangements. Another interesting highlight of the article was the percentages in relation to birth rates within different economic groups. The women living below the poverty line are more likely to have a birth while receiving public assistance at a rate of 160 births per 1000 surveyed, while only 56 births per 1000 were born to women living below the poverty line but not receiving assistance. This number could be quite disturbing. There are a lot of children being born into state aid or in the worse cases these are children intentionally being created to increase or maintain the monies received by recipients of the aid.(Lawler Dye 10) However, to offset these numbers only 6% of the women surveyed