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Jun 3, 2014 7:42 AM by Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahKRIS

Babies Overwhelming the US

CORPUS CHRISTI - The United States may be heading into another baby boom. For the first time in five years, the number of babies born in the United States has gone up.

Almost 5-thousand more babies were born in the United States last year than the previous, reversing of over half a decade of decline.

Around four-million babies were born last year, and most of those born here in Texas were Hispanic. The CDC doesn't have an exact reason for that increase, but local experts think there's more than one contributing factor.

"Part of the reason there's an increased birth rate, is because of an improved economic situation in the United States," local doctor Mario Martinez. "Secondly, as medicine continues to advance, people are going to have successful pregnancies more often."

Contrary to what some people would think, Martinez said there are actually more resources avialable to pregnant women. He said if women would fully utilize them, the birth rates would continue to increase.

"Because the resources are available," said Martinez. "There is a direct correlation between access to health-care and successful pregnancies."

One of the many resources in our area is the Pregnancy Resource Center, which offers a variety of services to both men and women free of charge.

"We also have resources in the community, that we can help connect them with other people to meet their needs," PRC Executive Director Patti Babin. "That's part of what we do is we form a relationship, we identify what their needs are, and then we find ways for them to address those needs."

Babin said the birth increase is already having an effect here in Corpus Christi. The PRC had an almost 30% increase in visitors just last year. They tell those visitors there's no reason to think that they can't afford their child.

"I'm not trying to oversimplify and say it's easy," said Babin. "But you don't have to do it alone, and there are the resources there are the people that can help you through any situation."

For more information on the pregnancy resource center, click here.

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