Recent preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC indicate that in , for the first time in three decades, birth rates among women aged 30 to 34 surpassed those among women aged 25 to 29 in the United States. The average age that women are having their first child is currently at around 28 years of age, up from Experts often focus on average or mean maternal age due to the birth outcomes that are associated with the age of the mother, such as multiple births and congenital disabilities. These reasons include women reaching higher education levels, establishing their career, improved methods of contraception , social and cultural shifts that have left women feeling not ready to have children, lack of childcare, low benefit levels, inflexible workplace policies, economic or housing uncertainty, and unemployment. Another reason why women are going through pregnancy later in life could be down to improved fertility options, such as IVF.
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