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Friday, August 14, 2009

The Late-in-Life Mom Trend Continues

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Women worldwide are delaying when they have their first child compared to women in generations past, according to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) report.

~From 1970 to 2006, the proportion of first births to women aged 35 years and over increased nearly eight times. In 2006, about 1 out of 12 first births were to women aged 35 years and over compared with 1 out of 100 in 1970, according to the CDC.

~During that same 36 year time span, the average age of first-time mothers increased 3.6 years from 21.4 to 25.0 years, the CDC said.

~ The average age at first birth increased for all racial and ethnic groups between 1990 and 2006. In 2006, Asian or Pacific Islander women had the oldest average age at first birth (28.5 years), whereas American Indian/Alaska Native women had the youngest (21.9 years); a difference of 6.6 years, statistics showed.

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