According to a new report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the birth rate in the US has been at its lowest for three decades.
The NBC medical correspondent, dr. John Torres cites several reasons A decline in teenage pregnancies, economic uncertainty and women delaying delivery for work and work reasons.
Freelance writer Jennifer Chesak, forty, is happy with her decision not to have children. "I love the spontaneity of walking and doing what I want," Chesak said. "I love the work, I'm a kind of workaholic in terms of what I'm writing right now."
Chesak said the decision was something she carefully considered with her husband Jereme. "I think I just had many other goals in mind," Chesak said. "Babies are a lot of work, and I was not really ready to accept half of this work."
More women make the same decision, and as a result only 3.85 million babies were born in 2018.  "We see that access to contraception for women is more widely available, and this gives them the opportunity to choose whether or not they want to have children at a younger age or at different stages of their lives," Dr. Rebecca Starck, a midwifery at the Cleveland Clinic. "Women have the choice of delaying childbirth and optimizing their health before they can get pregnant."
The study found that South Dakota currently has the highest birth rate and Washington, DC, the lowest.