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FILE -- Infants at a private center for new mothers recuperating from childbirth, in Monroe, N.Y., April 4, 2011. Having a daughter versus a son used to make American parents more likely to keep having children, theoretically to try for a son -- but a new study shows that having a daughter now makes parents less likely to keep having children. (Richard Perry/The New York Times)

FILE -- Infants at a private center for new mothers recuperating from childbirth, in Monroe, N.Y., April 4, 2011. Having a daughter versus a son used to make American parents more likely to keep having children, theoretically to try for a son -- but a new study shows that having a daughter now makes parents less likely to keep having children. (Richard Perry/The New York Times)