There's been a dramatic rise in the number of older mums in Wales, according to the Royal College of Midwives. Their latest report shows a 64 percent increase in the amount of women over 40 giving birth.
The birthrate and amount of teenage pregnancies in Wales has fallen over the last few years. But midwives say older mums are providing new challenges for them.
Nia Wyn Jones had her first child when she was 37, is pregnant again and will be just shy of 40 when she gives birth. She says she has 'no regrets' as she 'packed so many things' into her 20s and early 30s, whilst focusing on her career.
The birthrate may have dropped off in Wales but the complexity of care that midwives are required to deliver in caring for the increase in older mothers has placed extra pressures on midwives.
In terms of employing and retaining midwives, Wales is currently ahead of England but we must make sure that we don't become complacent.
We're happy with midwifery training levels in Wales. Figures show steady increase, ensuring that midwives moving towards retirement are replaced long before they leave the profession with newly-qualified midwives, who have had time to develop and hone their skills"
– Helen Rogers, Royal College of Midwives director for Wales
A new report published today by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said the number of babies born in Wales fell last year.
However, the number of women over 40 becoming mothers in Wales rose by 64%, which they say could lead to more complex births.
The birthrate may have dropped off in Wales but the complexity of care that midwives are required to deliver in caring for the increase in older mothers has placed extra pressure and demands on midwives.
– Helen Rogers, Director for Wales, Royal College of Midwives