Rarely is the future as unpredictable as in times of a pandemic. Especially for young parents and those who want to become one. This is now also shown by an evaluation by the Federal Statistical Office. The late vaccination recommendation for pregnant women was not the only reason for hesitation.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the late vaccination recommendation for pregnant women and the burden of the corona pandemic led to a decline in births in 2022. According to preliminary figures, around eight percent fewer children were born from January to August than in the same period in 2021, Destatis said.
A second reason is the stress on young families with children during the pandemic. "And we also see a decline there, especially with second births and further births," said Pötzsch. "So that means that the families were under a lot of stress and the decision to have another child was probably more difficult now."
The baby boom year 2021 will also play a role. Especially after the lockdown was lifted in 2020, more pregnancies were observed, which was followed by an increase in births in March and April 2021, said the expert. This is an unusual development. "The children born in the comparatively high birth year of 2021 are now missing from the births in 2022," said Destatis.