ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) ---These day it's hard not to forget when it's Mother's Day or Father's Day. Yet Thursday marked a day of recognition that you might not know about --- one that celebrates people who choose NOT to have kids.
Internationally, August first is known as 'International Childfree Day' and worldwide researchers say more young people are choosing to live child-free. According to the Pew Research Center, birth rates for women age 29 and below has dropped considerably in the last five years. The number of women who are choosing not to have children has also doubled from where it was 40 years ago.
Amy Blackstone heads the sociology department at the University of Maine in Orono. She says one reason for the trend could be married people not having kids doesn't carry the high level of stigma that it used to. Although Blackstone does say that some stereotypes about that group still exist.
"There's plenty of research that shows that people who are not parents are perceived to be cold..selfish...uncaring...not concerned about the future and in reality that could not be farther from the truth," she said.
While studies show younger woman are having fewer children another trend shows that older women are. The Pew Research Center reports that birth rates have gone up three percent for women over the age of 35. Numbers have also gone slightly up for women over the age of 40.