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      The Royal baby and fertility rates

      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed George Alexander Louis into the world on Monday, and now the world can't stop talking about the little prince.

      But with fertility rates decreasing and ages of women having kids for the first time increasing, some may wonder what age is the best to have a child?

      Shelly Ringel is the mother of two children, and most recently of a newborn girl. Though she had both her kids in her early thirties, she says she thought she would've had them sooner.

      ??When I was young, I always thought that in my early twenties, I would want to have children,?? says Ringel. ??Then the twenties came, and I was like, I am not ready for this. There was so much my husband and I wanted to do before we had children--we wanted to get a house, we wanted to be settled--and all that didn't happen until our late 20s.??

      And Shelly is not alone in choosing to wait before having kids. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2011, the general fertility rate declined to the lowest rate ever reported: 63.2 per 1,000 women.

      And when it comes to first births, like the Duchess herself, the age of the woman is increasing. In 1970, one in 100 women had a first birth at age 35 or older; in 2006, it was one in 12.

      In December when the Royal couple announced they were expecting, pregnancy and fertility test kit sales increased by 60 percent, specifically the brand Clearblue. It was the largest increase they had seen in five years. So could this little Royal be having a larger impact than we might think? ??They seem to have a trend going; most people like to follow what she does,?? Ringel said. ??Certainly we might see a lot more babies coming now that the Royal couple had a baby.??

      Some experts are saying a baby boom could be in our future, due in part to the newest little heir to the throne.