The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

The av­er­age age of first-time moth­ers is at an all-time high in the U.S — over 26. The change is largely due to a big drop in teen moms. But more first births to older women also are tug­ging the num­ber up, said T.J. Mathews of the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion, the lead au­thor of a re­port re­leased re­cently that put the av­er­age age at 26 years, 4 months for women who had their first child in 2014. The govern­ment be­gan track­ing the age of new moth­ers around 1970 when the av­er­age was 21. It’s been mostly climb­ing ever since, and spiked in about the last five years.

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