One third of Irish mothers say they will not be having any more children, because of the recession, according to research carried out by Eumom.ie.
The study also reveals that 7% of Irish mothers have borrowed from a money lender.
This new survey of more than 700 mothers reveals that the recession is having a major impact on the size of Irish families, with 39% saying they will have no more children due to the worsening economic situation.
The research shows that 36% of Irish mothers have borrowed from families or friends in the last six months, while 25% are depending more heavily on credit cards. Some 7% admit to having borrowed from a money lender.
More than half of Irish mothers aged between 18-24 years say they have missed a loan repayment in the past 12 months.
Almost half of Irish families have had their income reduced due to pay cuts within the past year, the survey found.