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Are there more older mothers?

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, June 11, 2007 | 3 comments

Birth statistics over the past twenty years show a huge swing in favour of delaying parenthood till our thirties and beyond.

In 1998, the last year for which figures are available, 44% of births were to women over 30. The number of births to women between 40 and 44 has also increased by 50% over the decade.


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Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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  1. Anonymous says:


    Can you link to the statistics you find ? Or scan them ?

    Would be appreciated, if poss.

    Thank you

  2. Catherine says:

    This quote came from

    Most quotes can be found by copying part of the quote into Google, placing quotation marks around the words and doing a search.

    Sometimes I correct spelling etc, in a quote, so if you can't find it with one set of words, try some others i nthe quote.

  3. Anonymous says:

    "Most quotes can be found by copying part of the quote into Google"

    True (duh!!)

    Thank You

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