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Majority of women have children after 30, with late childbearing becoming the norm, study finds


Statistics from a study published on Office for National Statistics titled Childbearing for women born in different years, England and Wales: 2020 hint to later maternity is becoming more and more the norm as more and more women enter their thirties without children, a first in history.

The study shows changes in the age at which women enter childbearing, indicating that 50% of today’s 30-year-old women, born in 1990, have chosen to remain childless, a first since 1920. he average childbearing age for those born in 1949 was 22, while for those born in 1975 (now 45) was 31.

Regarding the number of children women choose to have, the study states: “Two-child families remain the most common family size (37%), but this is a decrease of the proportion of those who have two children in relation to their family. generation of mothers born in 1949 (44%)”.

He also made striking observations about the changes in fertility over the years, noting: “Infertility levels at age 30 have risen steadily since a low of 18% for women born in 1941. Lower fertility levels among women currently in their twenties indicate that this trend is likely to continue”.

Dr. Mayurr Dass, sSenior Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Patparganj, New Delhi, shares that their observations as well as studies conducted in India point to similar findings. “More and more women are starting to plan children after their thirties. Reconciling family and workthe increase in the standard of living and the financial responsibility to raise children also changed the trend. She further notes that couples want one or two children, at most.

Dr. Dass also believes that fertility rates are “constantly declining”. “The trend has been noted in surveys like the 2019-2021 National Family Health Survey, in which the total fertility rate fell from 2.2 in 2015-2016 to 2. It was 1.6 in the urban population and 2.1 in the rural population.” She claims that diseases like Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), obesity with sedentary lifestyles, increased and increasing stress level helped reduce the chances of natural conception.

The pandemic has, surprisingly, also contributed to reducing the percentage of women choosing motherhood, observes Dr Dass. “The pandemic has shown an opposite impact on childbirth and couples’ plans to have children. There was a lot of fear, anxiety, depression, lack of information and job loss for many, which led them to delay their pregnancy.

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