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More births for over-40s

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, September 27, 2009 | 0 comments

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More births for over-40sThe number of women having babies in their 40s has more than doubled in the past 20 years, figures yesterday showed.

There were 12.6 births per 1,000 women in the age group last year against 5.1 in 1988, the Office for National Statistics found.

Those aged 30-34 continue to have the highest fertility overall with 112.3 births per 1,000.

The average age of new mums was unchanged last year at 29.3, despite previous rises every year since the mid-1970s.


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