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Effects of the fertility transition on birth seasonality in the Netherlands.
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PMID:  18234146     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Synchronous with the decline in fertility that took place in the post-war period in the Netherlands, patterns of birth seasonality changed as well. In this paper seasonal fluctuations in fertility in the Netherlands are examined using population register data for the period 1952 to 2005. The peak in births has changed from spring to summer and subsequently to August/September, thereby shifting from the European to the American pattern. The seasonal shift can be attributed to parity-specific changes. Before the transition, birth seasonality did not differ much between the different parities. In the transition period from higher to low fertility, differences between parities increased which persist up to today. At present, the overall seasonality pattern is determined by first births. Moreover, birth seasonality varies by maternal age. The findings stimulate the discussion on the role of planning as a cause of birth seasonality.
Karen Haandrikman; Leo J G van Wissen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-01-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of biosocial science     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1469-7599     ISO Abbreviation:  J Biosoc Sci     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-29     Completed Date:  2009-01-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0177346     Medline TA:  J Biosoc Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  655-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Population Research Centre, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Rate / trends*
Maternal Age
Netherlands / epidemiology
Population Surveillance
Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data

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