Women over 40 are now having more babies than women under 20

Geri Halliwell

by Hannah Mellin |
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For the first time since the 1947 post-war baby boom, women over the age of 40 are now having more babies than those under 20.

Pretty important statistics, huh?

Data from The Office for National Statistics recorded 697,852 live births in 2015 and found that there were 15.2 births per 1,000 women aged over 40, compared with just 14.5 per 1,000 women in their teens.

Figures show that the fertility rate among older women has more than trebled since 1982.

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The average age to start a family is now 30-years-old, which has been increasing since 1975.

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Loads of factors could the reason behind the findings, education, quality of living and employment being the most important factors women choose to delay motherhood, whereas the advances in fertility treatment have given women more freedom start a family at an older age.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said: "The trend towards older motherhood is here to stay, and there are many understandable reasons why women today are waiting longer to start or expand their families than those in previous decades.

"Rather than bemoaning this development, we should seek to understand and support the decisions women make."

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