The trend to postpone having children has risen over the last 40 years, with an increase in the percent of births to women over the age of 35 jumping from 1% in 1970 to 14.2% in 2009.
There has been a corresponding increase in the average age a woman has her first child, up from 21.4 in 1970 to 25.2 in 2009.
This trend in increasing age for motherhood is frequently reported as a negative occurrence. ¬†However, there are a number of benefits associated with waiting to have children:
Financial stability. ¬†Older parents are often more financially stable than their younger counterparts. ¬†This stability typically comes with lower stress for parents, which has a positive effect on familial relationships.
Education. ¬†Women with more education typically spend more time interacting with their children, even if they work more hours away.
Life experience. ¬†Women who have accomplished their career and life goals before having children may have fewer regrets. ¬†They may even appreciate the experience of children to a greater extent.
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