Women over 40 are embracing motherhood
More women than ever before are becoming new mothers at over 40, according to new research.
The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, show a sharp increase in births for women over 40.
For the first time ever, the number of births by women over 40 rose to almost 30,000 last year. This figure is three times higher than the number of births for the same age range in 1991.
Whilst the age of mothers over 40 rose by 6.7% last year, the number of women under 20 who gave birth has fallen by 8.7% – a trend that started in the 1970’s.
The average age for women to have children is now a few months short of 30 years.
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According to the Office for National Statistics, possible reasons for this growing trend include women staying on in higher education, careers, getting on the property ladder and ‘ensuring financial security’ before starting a family.
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