A new report shows that women in their early 30s are more likely to have children than those in their late 20s. This is the first time that the study, which was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showed such a shift in birth rates.
In 2016, Women Were More Likely to Wait Till Their 30s to Have a Child
According to the CDC, the average age of a new mother in 2016 was of 28. The report also points out that this median age increased and will continue to do so. Specialists point out two important factors that could be driving this change.
One of the reasons is the falling declining rate of teenage pregnancies. This has been declining and is likely to continue falling.
The other cause may have more socio-economical roots. Reports show that women are getting married later in their life than was the custom some years ago. Also, they seem to be waiting more before deciding to have a baby.
A mix of factors is also involved in this decision, some of them being of a financial and career nature. Most women admit that they are waiting for a stable job and the right person before deciding to have children.
The CDC report points out that this shift is very year, and was noted solely in 2016. For more than three decades, women in their late 20s were the ones to conceive more babies. Last year, women in their 30s took their place.
The nativity rate for 30-year-olds is now of 103 births per 100,000 women. Median birth rates for women aged 25 to 29 are of 102 parturitions per 100,000 individuals.
According to preliminary data from the report, the number of teenage births was not the only one to mark a decrease. The average natality rate also reported a slight decline. In 2016, there were about 16 births per 100,000 women in the 15 to 44 age group. Still, the study also showed a decrease in the mortality rates of the population.
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