Mothers in England and Wales are older than ever before, official figures revealed today.
With more and more women choosing to put off having children until later in life in pursuit of a career, the age of giving birth hit 30.9 in 2021.
Data from the Office of National Statistics — which goes back until before WWII —shows this is nearly five years older than in the 1970s.
Britain’s birth rate has also fallen even more than previously estimated and now sits at a record low.
The rise of the older mum. Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS)shows the average age of mothers in England and Wales has increased since the 1970s, now reaching 30.9 years as of the latest figures
WHY ARE WOMEN DELAYING HAVING CHILDREN?
An explosion of opportunities for women born in the 1970s and 80s has led to the decline, experts say.
They are more likely to go to university and pursue their careers before settling down than previous generations.
Surveys suggest financial pressures…