For those who thought that lockdown would leave couples with little else to do than procreate, there was a surprise – not a baby boom but a baby bust. Research shows that the US is facing the biggest slump in births in a century and in parts of Europe the decline is even steeper. For those who study population the baby bust was not a revelation. “Having seen how bad the pandemic was I’m not surprised,” says Philip N Cohen, professor of sociology at the University of Maryland. “But it is still just shocking to see something like this happen in real time.” Read more here.