Last week (24/1/2013) the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published some interesting statistics related to maternity. These are the very latest available from 2011, as per statistics of live births according to stats relating to the mother.
Live Births in England and Wales by Characteristics of Mother 1, 2011
Some of the key findings are:
- In 2011, nearly half (49%) of all live births were to mothers aged 30 and over. Interestingly the number of women over the age of 45 years having babies has almost trebled in a decade, as couples delay having children for financial as well as career choices. The overall rise since 1973 reflects the increasing numbers of women who have been delaying childbearing to later ages.
- Nearly two-thirds (65%) of fathers were aged 30 and over in 2011 (excluding births registered solely by the mother).
- In 2011, the average age of mothers for all births was 29.7 years and for first births the average age of mothers was 27.9 years.
- Overall there were 723,913 live births in England and Wales in 2011. The number of live births has risen by 22% from 594,634 in 200. Quite an increase!