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Stoking Hope, and Anxiety

Forty years of New York’s fertility journalism.

January 10, 1977

Demographers predict the millennial baby-boom.

“The baby bust has, of course, affected all segments of American society and it has been in progress since 1957, the year that is considered the official climax of the post–World War II baby-boom. From that date forward, family size began to shrink, as did the national birthrate, which fell from 25.3 in 1957 to 17.5 in 1968 to 14.8 in 1975. Thus, given the precedents, one might predict that the

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