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HELP!!!! I need to find out the average age of childbirth 50 years ago

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sallystrawberry Mon 21-Feb-05 21:18:59

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sallystrawberry Mon 21-Feb-05 21:21:14

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Hulababy Mon 21-Feb-05 21:23:37

Not found 50 years ago yet, in 1999 "it was revealed the average age at which women in Britain give birth has topped 30 for the first time"

I will keep looking.

NotQuiteCockney Mon 21-Feb-05 21:24:49

UK? I'm digging.

Hulababy Mon 21-Feb-05 21:26:00

The average age of mothers at childbirth has increased by just over two years since 1971 when it was 26.6 years. In 2002 the average age for first births was 26.7 years, three years older than in 1971. Women giving birth outside marriage tend to do so earlier than those giving birth inside marriage: 26.8 and 31.0 years respectively. Although the average age of all mothers at childbirth is increasing, the average number of children women think they will have is still around two children per woman. Over time there has been a fall in the average intended family size for women aged 21 to 23 from 2.23 in 1979-81 to 2.14 at the turn of the 20th century.

sallystrawberry Mon 21-Feb-05 21:26:27

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Twiglett Mon 21-Feb-05 21:26:45

any particular country?

Hulababy Mon 21-Feb-05 21:27:54

That was from National Statistics site - from 2004.

JanH Mon 21-Feb-05 21:28:53

Does this help, ss?

(Have't scrutinised it...)

NotQuiteCockney Mon 21-Feb-05 21:30:16

I don't have the answer, but this has close to the raw data you need ... only it's grouped by maternal age, and also by groups of years ... I'll keep digging.

Hulababy Mon 21-Feb-05 21:32:45

In 2003, the mean age of women having their first birth was 26.9 years. This was a rise of 3.2 years from 1971.

Info from Nationat Stats site: Mean age at first birth and percentage of women childless are for England and Wales because UK data are not available. However, the trends shown in England and Wales are reflective of the experience for the whole of the UK.

NotQuiteCockney Mon 21-Feb-05 21:32:55

This list should help, but I don't think any of them actually contain this information ...

Hulababy Mon 21-Feb-05 21:35:16

Found this too:

Maternities by age

The patterns of fertility by mean age at childbearing and mean age at first birth have changed greatly over the last 50 years. However, some of the change has been due to the changing population distribution. Currently, there are larger numbers of women at older ages, reflecting previous birth generation sizes and this contributes to the trend of increasing mean age at childbearing. In 2002, the mean age at childbearing was 29.3 years. However, if the current age structure of the population is controlled for, then the mean age at childbearing in 2002 was 28.7 years. Figure 21.3 shows the change in the age standardised mean age at childbearing since 1966. The 1960s ‘baby boom’ was associated with women starting childbearing earlier and therefore mean age at childbearing fell during the late 1960s, reaching a low of 26.4 years in 1974. Since then standardised mean age at childbearing has steadily increased (although at a different rate to the unstandardised age). The rise in standardised mean age at childbearing is a result of fertility rates increasing among women in their thirties and forties and conversely declining for women in their twenties.

Table 21.6 shows the percentage distribution of all live births in England and Wales by age at childbirth and age at first birth for the last five triennia. The data shown in Table 21.6 is only available for England and Wales but the trends shown here are applicable to the UK as a whole. The move towards women having children later in their childbearing years is clearly shown in the table. The percentage of all births that were to women aged 35 years or over more than doubled between 1988–90 and 2000–02, while the percentage of women having a first birth at 35 years or over has nearly trebled since 1988–90. Over the same time, both the percentage of all births and first births occurring to women aged 20–24 years has declined by around ten percentage points. This trend is in part due to changes in the population age structure of women. However, it also reflects other life-course changes, such as increased time spent in education and increasing mean age at marriage.

These changes in timing of childbirth can make an important contribution to maternal mortality because the risk of maternal mortality becomes higher with increasing age at childbirth. Studies have concluded that women aged 35 years or over have a higher frequency of various adverse reproductive events: infertility, spontaneous miscarriage, pregnancy complications (such as caesarean section, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia), congenital abnormalities, maternal mortality and perinatal mortality, than do younger women.


Standardised mean age at childbearing; United Kingdom 1966–2002

1988 to 2002 table

sallystrawberry Mon 21-Feb-05 21:39:39

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