Higher Education Levels and Developing Careers Are Reasons Behind Women Over 40 Having More Babies
The ONS report suggested more women were having babies later in life because more women are staying in education longer, careers are becoming more important, and the cost of having a child is rising.
The report said: “In most developed countries, women have been increasingly delaying childbearing to later in life, which has resulted in rising fertility rates among older women.
“This may be due to a number of factors such as increased female participation in higher education and the labor force, the increasing importance of a career, the rising costs of childbearing, labor market uncertainty and housing factors.
“Rising fertility rates at older ages have affected the average age of mothers, which has been increasing since 1975, reaching 30.3 years in 2015.”
A spokeswoman for 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