A CDC report shows how motherhood age groups have shifted among the country. For the first time, there are more women in their early 30s who are having babies than women in their 20s. Officials say this change has occurred since the teen pregnancy rates dropped. Also, they observed latest trend which implies waiting longer before having a baby.
- Women now choose to have babies later in life.
- This is the first time in more than three decades when women in their 30s have more children than younger ones.
- Teenage pregnancy rates have also dropped.
Over the last three decades, the highest number of new mothers was formed of women in their 20s. However, the situation changed. The figures from 2015 and the first quarter of 2016 showed how the birth rates switched and, now, women in their early 30s have more children than the younger ones.
CDC revealed that the birth rate for women aged between 30 and 34 was 103 per 100,000. On the other hand, the rate for the 25-29 age group was 102 per 100,000. However, they did not present the number of births for each group.
The third birth rate was recorded among women aged between 20 and 24, of 80 per 100,000. On the fourth place, there is the 35-39 group (50 per 100,000), while the smallest rate was present among teenage girls aged 15-19 (27 per 100,000).
Therefore, the officials noticed that, nowadays, it is more common among older people to still have kids in elementary school or high school. This reflects the increasing tendency among women to start a family and have children later in life. Also, as noticed in the report, less teenage girls are now becoming pregnant.
This is great news, first of all because teenage girls now get involved in more activities appropriate for their age. Also, choosing to have a baby not so early in life allows women to learn more about how to be a mother, discover themselves, and gives them the opportunity to develop a fulfilling career before giving birth.
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