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More unmarried women have decided that they aren’t waiting to get hitched to have a family, they’re moving ahead with having babies on their own.

Through the miracle of modern science you don’t have to be married (or even a sexual partner) to have a kid.

Birth rates among single women ages 35-39 years old exploded over a decade. According to the Centers For Disease Control birth rates among this segment increased 48 percent from 2002 to 2012! Although the number of single moms ages 40-44 years old is lower, the birth rate rose 29 percent.

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That might seem a like a huge difference, but the actual numbers are a little less shocking. Out of every 1,000 single women 35-39, 31 of them had children on their own in 2012. That’s up from 21 women in 2002. Ten people in a decade is about one additional person per year (on average), but statistic make it look like a way bigger deal than it actually is.

According to U.S. News and World Report, though, the birthrate for single women overall took a 2 percent dip last year.

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Researchers noticed the first signs of a decrease in the   starting in 2007. “It’s still high compared with previous generations, but there has been a decline,” an author of the study published by the magazine said.

The Wall Street Journal reports that that’s not the only segment of single women having fewer babies out of wedlock. The number of girls 15-17 having babies dropped from 21 to 15 between 2002 and 2012.


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