The number of women having children much later in life is on the rise, research shows
There are more pregnant woman over the age of 40 than teenagers on maternity wards today – a figure that’s increased by 350 per cent in the past 30 years, the Office for National Statistics has revealed.
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The data shows that 29,158 babies were born to women aged 40 and over in England and Wales last year and 29,136 children born to women aged under 20.
While that may not seem like a big difference, the statistics show that there are four and half times as many babies born to mums aged over 40 compared to 1982 – when there were 6,519 births to women of this age. And 2,010 children were born to women over the age of 45 – marking the first time this figure has reached over 2,000.
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But the ONS stats showed that the age category most popular for having a baby is 30 to 34 years old, followed closely by 25 to 29.
The ONS also revealed there are as many new mums in London who are over the age of 45 as there are aged under 18. But in the North West, there are five times more births to under 18s than there are to women aged over 45 years old.
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