WV Nurse Practitioner claims state birth rates are ‘stable’ following new CDC report


A new report from the Center for Disease Control finds Americans aren’t making enough babies to replace the population, however one West Virginia nurse practitioner claims West Virginias have not hit a fertility wall.

The latest report from the CDC shows that the U.S. birth rate is the lowest it’s been in 30 years.

The CDC offered no explanation for the drop but Marissa Barberio-Saas, family nurse practitioner with WVU Obstetrics & Gynecology, says there could be various factors for the countrywide decline.

“Women are waiting to have children, they are furthering their education and entering the workplace. Maybe (they) want to be more economically stable before they have children,” said Barberio-Saas.

trend she has  noticed in the believes another possible reason for the decline is the drop in teen pregnancies, aBarberio-SaasMountain State.

“I think one of the major factors has been access to birth control and education that goes along with it. I think we see a lot of teenagers that do come in requesting family planning services,” said Barberio-Saas.

The new report also broke down 2017’s fertility rates by state, South Dakota coming in with the highest birth rate and Washington, DC the lowest.

“Locally I don’t think that translates to what we are seeing. Locally our birth rate is stable and hasn’t changed in the last few years,” said Barberio-Saas.

For more information on WVU Obstetrics & Gynecology and  family planning, please visit their website or call their Bridgeport location directly at  (304) 848-2150.

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