ONS releases birth statistics

The Office of National Statistics has revealed figures relating to family life in England and Wales. Among the findings are the average age for mothers in 2011 was 29.7.

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Why are women waiting to get pregnant?

A spokesman for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said that the fall in the average age of mothers since 1973 could be due to several factors:

Possible influences include increased participation in higher education, increased female participation in the labour force, the increasing importance of a career, the rising opportunity costs of child-bearing, labour market uncertainty, housing factors and instability of partnerships.

– ONS spokesman

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