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2017: another ‘bad year for babies’

2017 saw national hopes for a consistent rise in the number of births dashed once again. The Portuguese race is not yet out of the woods of self-extinction. After two years in which the number of births rose, 2017 has seen them fall again, by an average of just over seven babies less per day.

Say specialists, it is only to be expected, given that the population is shrinking. There are consequently less women reaching fertility, and not all of them choose to have families. Those that do, are becoming mothers later and later, while the lack of ‘support’ in the infant years is another contributory factor.