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Older moms spur mini baby boom

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, September 25, 2009 | 0 comments

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Older moms spur mini baby boomOTTAWA — Older moms delivered a slight baby boom in 2007, a statistical jump that will continue to fray the national patchwork of child-care services, advocates warn.

Statistics Canada reported Tuesday that 367,864 babies were born that year - 13,247 or 3.7 per cent more than in 2006.

The number of births rose in all age groups, particularly among mothers aged 30 to 34, and in every province and territory except Prince Edward Island and Yukon.

The number of babies born in 2007 was the highest since 1995 and the fifth straight annual increase. More than half the jump in births, 56 per cent, was traced to women aged 30 or older.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
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