It's no surprise that having a kid is expensive. So in 2008, the first full year of what has been dubbed The Great Recession, there's no shock to hear that U.S. births fell 2 percent. This dip in births echos what happend durring The Great Depression too. While this article from USA Today points out that it's only speculation that the economy is the reason for the birth dip, strong evidence supports the theory. For example, the largest decline in births were in California and Florida, two states hit hardest by the housing crisis. Another interesting note is that 2007 saw the largest birth rate in U.S. history. Finally, just because you may not be prepared or financially ready for a baby doesn't mean they don't come anyway. The article says that roughly half of all pregnancies are unplanned. Click here to read the complete articles.