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Economy blamed for drop in births
San Francisco Chronicle

If it’s true that sex is one of the best forms of free entertainment in a recession, the folks taking it to heart must be using protection – the nation’s birthrate has dropped to what may be the lowest level ever.

Many Bay Area hospitals reported fewer births in 2009 than the previous year, and even if the drops aren’t huge, obstetricians and other family planning experts said there’s no doubt that the economy is on people’s minds when they think about another mouth to feed.