The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the birth rate is up, ending a decline that began in 2007. This is another sign that we are mentally recovering from the Great Recession.
Further good news: births to women in their 30s are up. A few years ago scare headlines announced that most babies were born out of wedlock - to women under 30. Those article failed to notice the increasing number of women, especially educated women, who begin having children in their 30s. Those children are much more likely to be born in wedlock than are those to the youngest mothers.
Speaking of youngest mothers, the teen birth rate also continued to decline.