Jacology: Mom’s 2012-Big Changes

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(KPLR) - Ah, mother's day. A lot of what makes us uneasy this mother's day is in the numbers.  Being a mom in America doesn't look anything like what it was forty years ago. And it hardly resembles being a mom only a little over 20 years ago. Let's check the numbers.

Back in 1990, 13 percent of all mothers were under age 20. Ten percent were over age 35. Now, those numbers are flipped. That means fewer births to teenagers and more births to women over age 35. Fewer younger mothers, older mothers.

1990 28 percent of all babies were born to single mothers. Now, it's 41 percent. Think about that. It means that four out of ten newborns are born to unmarried moms. And that generally means dad won’t be in the picture for too long, if he is at all. Think about it. We know the outcomes for kids from single parent families are worse than if both mom and dad are there. And now forty percent of all newborn Americans fall into that category.

Back in 1990, 65 percent of all births were to white women.  Now, that's down to 53 percent. African American births as an overall part of the population have shrunk slightly, but still remain around 15 percent. The big news is that one fourth of all births in the U.S. now are to Hispanic women. And the percentage of Asian births has doubled from three percent to six percent.

So mothers in 2012, tend to be older, browner and less married. And the face of America is changing. Just like the face of America has always changed.

I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.