FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2011, file photo, a mother holds her newborn baby at Christus Spohn Hospital South in Corpus Christi, Texas. U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children. But there may be a silver lining: The decline in 2011 was just 1 percent - not as sharp a fall-off as the 2 to 3 percent drop seen in other recent years. (AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Michael Zamora)

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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2011, file photo, a mother holds her newborn baby at Christus Spohn Hospital South in Corpus Christi, Texas. U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children. But there may be a silver lining: The decline in 2011 was just 1 percent - not as sharp a fall-off as the 2 to 3 percent drop seen in other recent years. (AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Michael Zamora)
FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2011, file photo, a mother holds her newborn baby at Christus Spohn Hospital South in Corpus Christi, Texas. U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children. But there may be a silver lining: The decline in 2011 was just 1 percent - not as sharp a fall-off as the 2 to 3 percent drop seen in other recent years. (AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Michael Zamora)
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