(1) The disparity between the number of people wanted to adopt infants, most often from North America, and the number of infants available for adoption, either domestically or internationally
(2) The reduction of births in an economically advanced country—e.g., Japan—which a government regards as insufficient to maintain economic growth
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baby shortageSocial medicine A term referring to the disparity between the number of people interested in adopting infants from the US and Canada and the number of infants in need of adoption. See Adoption.
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