The economic downturn poses a quandary for straight couples. Sex is a fun activity that doesn't come with a Ticketmaster surcharge. But it can result in the creation of a dependent who requires diapers, formula and a phone plan with unlimited texting.
Area couples appear to be doing a little bedroom math, because fewer babies are being born in Kansas City. One public-health official suspects that the recession is causing more couples to take steps to avoid pregnancy.
KCUR 89.3 reports that the number of babies born in KC is on the decline after decades of increases. Births dropped by about 3 percent between 2007 and 2009.
An official at the Health Department thinks the downturn is leading some couples to stay childless or maintain their broods at current levels. "Best guess is people can't afford to have kids or choose not to because of this economy," epidemiologist Gerald Hoff tells the station.
So here's an investment tip: The next time the United States teeters on the brink of financial collapse, run from companies that make incubators and look for ones that manufacture condoms.