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Video. More and more women are leaving it later in life to start a family. Now almost a third of all births in the South in 2012 were women aged 35 and over. That's despite fertility in women decreasing with age.
The figures have backed up the findings of a report by the Royal College of Midwives into the state of maternity services.
Charlotte Wilkins spoke to Kirsti Nicole Hadley, Cathy Warwick from the Royal College of Midwives, Claire Hughes-Jones from Brighton Mums and Jane Skelton from Sussex Downs Fertility Centre.