Saturday, July 29, 2006

More Demographic Shifts

CBC's 'Overnight' devotes a half-hour to Radio Prague, and last night they had an interesting news item, that resonated with an earlier post about our observations about procreation in Oslo and in some cities in Germany. The good news is that this radio report is reproduced at Free Republic here.

Key points:
The number of babies born in the first six months of 2005 has increased by roughly ten percent compared to the same period last year. Staff at maternity hospitals say they are exhausted and are running short of necessary supplies. Professor Zdenek Hajek from Prague's maternity hospital U Apolinare says they are almost at full capacity.
"It is a repercussion of the baby-boom in the 1970s. Czech women no longer have their first child at 20 but much later, in line with the trends in the developed countries of Western Europe. So many of the baby-boomers who were born in 1974 and 1975 are just now having their first babies."

This analysis does not seem quite complete to me.


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