Older mums now the norm

 

New statistics have revealed that women over 40 are having more babies than the under 20s for the first time in nearly 70 years.

Britain’s Office for National Statistics has released data that shows that, while teenage motherhood has been on the decline for some time, the number has now been eclipsed by women becoming mothers later in life.

The last time the over 40s had a higher fertility rate was in 1947, following the end of WW2.

Currently, the average age of having a child in the UK is 30.3. It’s a figure that has been increasing steadily since 1975.

According to the report, factors contributing to the number of women in their 40s having babies include advances in fertility treatment and IVF, increases in number of women participating in higher education, and a growth in the number of women in the workforce.

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