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In Some Circles, Four Kids Is the New Standard

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In Some Circles, Four Kids Is the New Standard

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In Some Circles, Four Kids Is the New Standard

In Some Circles, Four Kids Is the New Standard

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The newest status symbol for the nation's most affluent families is fast becoming a big brood of kids.

Historically, the country-club set has had the smallest number of kids. But in the past 10 years, the number of high-end earners who are having three or more kids has shot up nearly 30 percent.

Some say the trend is driven by a generation of over-achieving career women who have quit work and transferred all of their competitive energy to baby making.

They call it "competitive birthing."