Last year, the U.S. birth rate increased for the first time since the start of the Great Recession in 2007, the AP reports. While the National Center for Health Statistics says teen births fell to the lowest rate ever, the total number of births increased by one percent in 2014, driven by baby-making in older age groups: women ages 30 to 39 (up 3 percent) and women 40 to 44 (up 2 percent).
The "baby recession" had been a quandary for demographers, who couldn't determine whether women were delaying childbirth because of the economy or just skipping it altogether. While this news may be a sign that women feel financially secure enough to start a family (or expand it), experts say we'd need to see the trend continue for several years before we award any medals for saving the future of America. But as one sociologist told Time, “it’s a glimmer of hope” — one that may have started with a glimmer in your eye.