Would the economy affect you TTC?

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Would the economy affect you TTC?
Tue, 07-09-2013 - 3:12pm

Today.com has an interesting article, they talked with a couple who has been putting off having a child because of economic fears of the future.  They are worried that they won't be able to provide for a child, and are now in the 40s with no secure feeling that they are financially ready:

“When times are up, births go up,” said D’Vera Cohn, a senior writer at Pew Research Center. “When times are bad, births go down.”

This economic cycle has been especially weak, and lasted particularly long. Nevertheless, many experts expect that women who put off having kids because of financial worries will eventually at least try to play catch up. Still, no one knows for sure whether those women will end up having as many children as they might have if the economy were stronger.

“The net effect in the past has been that you had about the same amount of babies … but they were just born a little later,” Cohn said.

But, she notes, that may not happen this time.

For one thing, it’s unclear when Americans will start to feel good enough about their long-term financial prospects to take on the expense of having a child.

Read more: http://www.today.com/money/weak-economy-means-fewer-babies-least-now-6C10471907

Did you wait until you felt financially secure before TTC?  Do you ever think there is a perfect time to TTC?

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Tue, 07-16-2013 - 1:30pm

It totally has played a role in our decision whether to TTC a third or not. It wasn't the sole factor, but does make you consider what would happen if our financially stability was affected. It's very scary when you think about the cost of adding a child to your family, but ultimately we decided that it's worth the risk. We can't wait much longer so decided to go for it.

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