New mums getting older - and they’re having fewer babies
MUMS in Manchester are getting older.
The average age of women giving birth in the city last year was 31.9 years old.
That’s up from 31.6 in 2017, and the oldest it has been since at least 2013 when records began – the average age was 30.7 then.
Manchester mums were the oldest in Greater Manchester on average.
Wigan had the youngest mums on average at 29.1 – but even that was the oldest average since at least 2013.
Every part of Greater
Manchester, apart from Bury and Rochdale, is seeing the average age of mothers increase.
Across Greater Manchester, the number of births is falling – there were 34,776 in 2018, down from 35,760 in 2017 and 37,045 in 2013.
Births among younger women are falling fastest.
For those aged under 20, there has been a 35 per cent drop since 2013 to 1,121 last year, while for those aged 20 to 24, births were down 28pc to 5,189. However, among women aged 35 to 39, births are bucking the trend and are on the rise – there were 6,050 in 2018, up from 5,999 in 2017 and 5,118 in 2013.
Across England and Wales, the average age of both mothers and fathers increased for the 10th year in a row.
It rose in 2018 to 30.6 for mothers and 33.6 years for fathers.
That is the oldest average since records began – in 1938 for mothers and in 1964 for fathers.
The average age of both mothers and fathers has increased by 4.2 years since they were at their lowest on record in 1975 and 1974 respectively.
The average age covers all births – for their first child, the average age of mothers in England and Wales has risen to 28.9 – again a record.
In 2018, 18,976 births to women aged under 20, compared to 26,499 to women aged 40 to 44, and 2,366 to women aged 45 and over. Of those births, 7,154 to women aged 40 to 44 were first children, as were 972 for mothers aged 45 and over. The most common age to have a first child was between 25 and 29, with 84,065 live births in 2018, while the most common age to give birth was 30 to 34.
Mums are getting older in Greater Manchester