Where have all the babies gone?

The birth dearth and what to do about it

September 26, 2006 | by Dr. Ian Dowbiggin
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  1. Philip Longman. The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do About It. New York: Basic, 2004; Leslie Cannold. What? No Baby? Why Women Are Losing Their Freedom to Mother and How They Can Get it Back. Curtin University Books, 2005; Ben Wattenberg. The Birth Dearth. New York: Pharos Books, 1987; Fewer: How the New Demography of Depopulation Will Shape Our Future. New York: Ivan R. Dee, 2004.
  2. Wattenberg, Fewer, p. 5.
  3. Howard W. French. As China Ages, a Shortage of Cheap Labor Looms, New York Times, 20 June 2006, p. a1.
  4. Conquering the Baby Gap, National Post, 22 February 2006, p. a14. One Canadian reporter who has written about this phenomenon is John Ibbitson, Federal Surplus: The Lie of the Land, The Globe and Mail, 14 October 2004, p. a6.