New mums get­ting older - and they’re hav­ing fewer ba­bies

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By CLAIRE MILLER [email protected]­i­tymir­ @clairemill­eruk

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

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