Jitters about the slumping economy over the last decade impacted the American bedroom too, resulting in a huge baby gap as couples gave up making families. And it’s still lingering. A new study from the University of New Hampshire put the gap at 3.4 million births since 2008.

And 2015 witnessed the lowest fertility rate on record and a gap of 600,000 births. “The Great Recession sent an economic shock through American society that reached far beyond the stock and housing markets. More than five years after economists announced the end of the recession, fertility levels have still not recovered. READ MORE