Why are some Americans so fixated on the notion of having a fertility cycle?
Is there anything wrong with having a baby that is a girl?
And why should the United States be the only country on the planet that doesn’t have it?
A new book by a leading fertility researcher argues that the answer is that the United State is simply too wickety to sustain such a cycle.
“America is the world’s biggest fertility producer, and if you had to guess, I’d say it’s a pretty good bet that in a few decades, if not today, we will have a population of almost a billion women,” said Jennifer R. Brown, a professor of international health at the University of Michigan, in a recent interview with The Washington Post.
“That’s because we have the right technology, and we have access to it.”
The new book, The Population Bomb: How the World’s Most Dangerous Population Bomb Is Changing the World, is the product of her research and her efforts to convince policymakers that the U.S. needs to rethink its fertility policies and how it wants to deal with its future population growth.
The book was published last month by Henry Holt and Company, a division of Penguin Random House.
The publisher describes the book as a “brilliant and accessible guide to the changing global landscape.”
It’s not the first time Brown has written about the potential for the United Kingdom to become the world leader in birthrates.
In 2015, she penned an essay titled “Is There A New Baby?
A Case for Reclaiming Britain’s Population Bomb?”
The answer, she wrote, was yes.
“In a world where fertility rates have fallen by nearly half, Britain’s fertility rate is the highest in the world and our population is growing by one-third,” she wrote.
“We need to make some fundamental choices about how to allocate resources, how to promote fertility, and how to keep the world a safe place for children.”
The country is also experiencing the biggest baby boom in modern history.
Between 2004 and 2015, the number of babies born to women in the age group of 45-59 jumped from about 12 million to 20 million, according to the U