Story: Infertility and childlessness

OECD country fertility rates, 2014

Though New Zealand's fertility rate is comparatively low compared to its historical rates, in the early 21st century it has been higher than most other developed countries. This graph show fertility rates in 2014. The rates of most developing countries were below replacement level (which is 2.1 births per woman of child-bearing age). New Zealand's was then just below replacement level, although it has since fallen further, to 1.8 in 2017.

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How to cite this page:

Rhonda Shaw, 'Infertility and childlessness - Explaining infertility and childlessness', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

Story by Rhonda Shaw, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 29 Jan 2018