The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released new data that shows for the first time in more than three decades, more women in their 30s are having babies than women in their 20s.
The CDC tracks data about birth rates and ages, among other things, and says that for over thirty years, women in their late 20s were the ones who had the highest birth rates. That is no longer true according to preliminary data that was shared by the CDC. Birth rates for women in their early 30s now is greater than for women in their 20s.
The average age for a first delivery in the United States is 28, however, birth rates for women who were between 30-44 increased in 2016, while birth rates for women between 15 and 29 decreased.
Experts claim that these new statistics may be based on the fact that many women are waiting until later to have children or face infertility more than in previous years, and also that the rate of teen births is decreasing significantly year after year. Data shows that not only are teens not giving birth as often as they were, the teen abortion rate is lower as well, which basically means teen pregnancy rates altogether are dropping.
Demographic researcher Hans-Peter Kohler says that women waiting longer before they have children is a trend in many industrialized countries, and says that increased life expectancies and uncertain economic times may play into why women choose to wait.
Experts also believe that teens may have more access to sex education information from the Internet, even if access to sex education programs may be dropping. In fact, researchers speculate that reality shows like ‘Teen Mom’ and ’16 and Pregnant’ help contribute to low teen birth rates as well.
Interestingly, some women are now concerned about the new proposed health care bill that would treat pregnancy, cesarean sections, infertility and postpartum depression as preexisting conditions, and are considering postponing pregnancy until the ramifications of those actions are more known.