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Having A Baby While Shacking Up Is Much More Common

PUBLISHED ON 04/12/2012

More and more babies are being born to unmarried couples who live together. According to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22% of firstborn babies were born to women who weren’t married but lived with their partner between 2006 and 2010. In 2002, that rate was 12%.

These findings are important because there’s a belief that children born to parents who weren’t married have a less stable home and have fewer resources than babies born to married parents do. But the research also states that children born to parents who live together actually have more resources and stability than those born to single parents who don’t live together.

What do you think of these findings? Do you think it’s important for a couple to be married before having a baby?