Story: Pregnancy, birth and baby care

Post-war baby boomers

Post-war baby boomers

After the Second World War birth rates increased. More women married and at younger ages. This led to a baby boom for Pākehā mothers which lasted until the early 1970s. This booklet (produced by the National Party for the 1949 election campaign) shows a family at the beginning of the baby boom. These parents have made a good start and their relative youth suggests that there is plenty of time for child number four.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-A-NZ-NATIONAL-PARTY-1949-01-cover

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Pregnancy, birth and baby care - Birth rates', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 24 Oct 2018