First in US History, Moms in 30s outnumber Younger Moms


For the first time, women in their early 30s are having more babies than younger moms in the United States.

Health experts say the shift is due to more women waiting longer to have children and the ongoing drop in the teen birth rate.

For more than three decades, women in their late 20s had the highest birth rates, but that changed last year, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The birth rate for women ages 30 to 34 was about 103 per 100,000; the rate for women ages 25 to 29 was 102 per 100,000. The CDC did not release the actual numbers of deliveries for each age group.

It’s becoming more common to see older parents with kids in elementary or high school, said Bill Albert of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

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Study: IVF with women over 50 not more risky than with younger women

New research into pregnancy in older women has cast doubt over the blanket belief that the higher the age of the mother-to-be, the higher the likelihood of risk.
A study at Columbia University Medical Center of 101 post-menopausal women, all receiving IVF treatment using donated eggs, found that their subsequent pregnancies were at no more risk than those of younger women who conceived the same way.
It found that the women over 50 had the same likelihood of developing complications such as gestational diabetes, premature labour as patients undergoing the same treatment under the age of 42. Continue reading.

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Mothers who have babies in their 50s

The article features the likes of Ann Maloney, who gave birth to her first baby at ate 50.  She conceived her baby using a donor egg. Now at age 60, she admitted she was undergoing menopause and had to take hormonal treatment to slow it down in order to carry her second daughter.
John Ross, 60 & Ann Maloney 66 and their twins 
Those who criticize women who have babies this late say they are selfish for burdening their children with having to take care of them and their old age issues when their children are in their teens and twenties. And they say these women would not have the same level of energy as younger moms to keep up with children. 
Another mother featured in the piece is Kate Garros who conceived twins at ate 53 using donor eggs and at age 61 is suffering arthritis like many women her age.
However, the women featured in the piece did not find their mates until later and some say they were not financially secure or prepared to have a baby in their 20s, 30s or 40s even. 
It’s an interesting read. The UK Daily Mail did a follow up piece on it.

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