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Old 07-18-2017, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Maternal Grandparents

5 children. Those kids had 3, 2, 0, 2, 0 kids, respectively. Those grandkids have had (so far) 2, 3, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0 kids, respectively. The ones with just one have babies and might have more. The ones with 0 are young adults or teens and might have kids in the future.

Paternal Grandparents

3 children. Those kids had 3, 4, 0 kids. Those grandkids had 2, 3, 1, 3, 0, 0, 0 kids. The one with one has a baby, and the three with none are young adults who haven't settled down yet. One of the ones with three kids might be having more; youngest is a baby.
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Old 07-18-2017, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Maternal Grandparents: 2 (1M, 1F)
Kids: 9 (5M, 4F) *10th one, a boy, died when a couple months old
Grandkids: 30 (16M, 14F) * 4 fraternal twins didn't make it (only 1 survived per pair)
Great Grandkids: 18 (10M, 8F) so far * 1 baby didn't make it.

Paternal Grandparents: 2 (1M, 1F)
Kids: 2 (1M, 1F)
Grandkids: 9 (2M, 7F)
Great Grandkids: 2 (2M) so far

Parents: 2 (1M, 1F)
Kids: 7 (2M, 5F)
Grandkids: 2 (2M) so far
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Old 07-18-2017, 10:38 PM
 
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If you get into genealogy and see those records where children died young and all the problems with mortality rates. . .


Having kids is delayed due to wanting school or a career or both. Not meeting the right person. Not being in the right financial situation. People don't see having a family as a be all end all as it used to be. We aren't defined by our posterity as we used to be (decades ago).


And it is true, there are many more reasons why families aren't as large as they used to be. Our society is more stressed, more pushed to achieve.
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Old 07-19-2017, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I don't think number of children really has anything to do with fertility rate.


My father was one of 6, in a household where 1 parent worked, and they owned a home. My mom was one of 4 in the same situation.




I didn't start having kids until age 33, and can't imagine having 4-6 kids these days. Not for us
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:34 AM
 
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Shrinking...

Maternal Grandparents:
4 children
5 grandchildren - all girls (0,2,0,3)
3 great grandchildren (1,0,0,2,0) (though they did not live long enough to see their great grandchildren)

Paternal Grandparents:
2 children
2 grandchildren (2,0)
1 great grandchild
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Old 07-19-2017, 02:36 PM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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We have a fairly large family so I did group fertility rates:

Dad: Is one of 6; family fertility rate = 6.0
Mom is one of 4; family fertility rate = 4.0

They had 2; family fertility rate = 2.0
My sister & I have a total of 15 so our sibling group fertility rate = 7.50; with mine = 11.0 & sisterís = 4.0.

Out of Dadís siblings:
Oldest had 2
Second oldest became a priest; so none.
Third oldest had 7
Number 5 had none.
Number 6 had none.

Paternal sibling group fertility rate = 1.83

Momís siblings:
Second oldest had 1
Third oldest had 1
Youngest had 3.

Maternal sibling group fertility rate = 1.75.

So I am one of 14 first-cousins.

Cousin # 1 has 4.
Cousin # 2 has 2.
Cousin # 3 has 4,
Cousin #4 has 2.
Cousin # 5 has none.
Cousin # 6 has 12.
I am number 7 & I have 11.
Cousin # 8 has none.
Number 9 is my sister & she has 4.
Cousin # 10 has 5.
Cousin #11 has none
Cousin #12 has none (yet)
Cousin #13 has 1
Cousin #14 has none (yet: #ís 12, 13 & 14 are all newlyweds.)

First-cousin group fertility rate = 3.21

I'm not sure to what extent this condition is inheritable but I was diagnosed with Hyperovulation (Hyperfertility) so we might be on an upward trend from here or maybe not. Hyperovulation can be difficult to control with family planning methods; the only thing that did work for me was a tubal ligation but then it made me sick (PTLS) & I had to have it reversed. There is some evidence that women with Hyperovulation have a higher chance of PTLS but nobody knows why as of yet. None of my female cousins have had or plan to have; a TL. Depending on what happens with the 3 youngest who are newlyweds; our fertility rate may go up.
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Old 07-19-2017, 08:03 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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OP here. In my family I don't think the decline is physical infertility but people raised in terrible homes deciding that they aren't interested in marriage or children. We seem to react to trauma by distancing ourselves from other people and focusing on careers and caring for animals. Seems like in other cultures people respond to trauma by creating more humans.
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I think it has more to do with delaying the birth of the first baby than it has to do with being raised in terrible homes. If you start having children at 19 or 20, then chances are good that you'll have more kids than someone who starts at age 35. With more women having careers and delaying marriage than they were 30 or 50 or 70 years ago, the number of children decreases as well. Of course, having many reliable birth control options makes a difference, too!
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Old 07-20-2017, 03:44 PM
 
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Each generation has had less, but it's not a problem with fertility. We've never had problems with that. The family started using birth control in the last 2-3 generations. We limit the babies through that.
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Old 07-20-2017, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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Maternal Grandparents:
Grandfather-7 siblings
Grandmother-3 siblings

Paternal Grandparents:
Grandfather: 4 siblings
Grandmother: 1 sibling

Mother-only child
Father-2 siblings

Me-2 siblings

My family-1 daughter

My sister's family-1 son/1 daughter

My brother's family-1 daughter

I'm menopausal and my sister had her tubes tied so no more kids from us. My brother's wife had a c-section with the daughter and said it was so painful that she won't have another kid.
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