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The Average Age Of Becoming A First-Time Mother Has Been Revealed

The number of births in Ireland is continuing to fall, while the average age of mothers is rising.

The average age of becoming a first-time mother is gradually rising.

In 2018, figures from the UK Office of National Statistics showed that the average age of mothers having their first child was 30.6 years old, while the average age of new fathers was 33.6 years old.

Closer to home, the average age of mothers for all births registered in 2017 was 32.8 years. This is an increase on 31.1 years of age in 2007.

The news marks the 10th consecutive year that this number has increased.

Today, women are nearly 31 when they first give birth, whereas a generation ago it was 24 years old. Just under half (48%) of women in the UK who were born in 1988 remained childless as they turned 30 in 2018, according to statistics published via Refinery29.

The most common family size is two children, but the number of parents having one child is also rising. There are various reasons why women are having families later in life, including better education and carer prospects, as well as a desire to save money to buy a first home.

On the other hand, a total of 1,041 teenagers had babies in 2017. 19 of those teenage mothers were 16 years old or younger.

The Health Service Executive has welcomed a decline in the teenage birth rate, highlighting the fact that it has fallen from 3,087 births in 2001.

The head of the agency's Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme said there "has been a significant shift in society in recent years."

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