Pregnancy is and always has been a highly controversial issue. On one hand, having a baby is one of the greatest joys a human being can experience, while on the other hand it can end up totally ruining someone’s life. That’s becoming increasingly rare, as CDC confirms highest average birth age in years.
According to a report from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, American women have reached a record high average age for giving birth – 26.3 years, compared to average age in 2000, which was 24.9.
From 2000 until 2014, the number of mothers under 20 dropped by 42%. As much as 1 in 4 mothers were under 20 in 2000, while now that number stays at 1 in 7.
Despite the fact that the United States still have a much lower average childbearing age than some European and Asian countries, the fact that the biggest rise happened in the past 5 years suggests that we will keep seeing an increase in the average age for the next few years.
This trend has been maintaining since 2009, suggesting that the average age will keep increasing little by little, at least in most states and for most social groups.
For example, the largest age spikes in the childbearing age happened in Oregon and the District of Columbia, while New Hampshire showed one of the smallest spikes, with only 0.7 years.
Western states were shown to have the largest average increase, with 3 years for the District of Columbia.
With Asian and European countries having an average childbearing age of over 40, the researchers are confident that the United States are also headed that way.
To emphasize this, the researchers behind the study claimed that some areas of the US are already reaching that average age, especially those in the Pacific and Asian Islands.
As for the reasons behind the shift in the average childbearing age, the researchers can’t really be sure, as the study was observational, but they assume it’s because of a wider array of reasons.
One reason would be increased awareness, as authorities have been struggling to educate young adults and teenagers, so that they knew what they were getting into.
Another factor would be increased and better job opportunities for women, as well as the rising trend of the business woman, focused more on career than on family.
TV shows presenting the realities of having a baby may also have contributed in a large segment of population.
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