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Rise in fertility among women over 40

27th May 2010

More women over the age of 40 are having babies in the UK.


While latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show a decrease in fertility rates for women under 35 in 2009 compared to 2008, there has been an increase in fertility rate in women over 40.

The highest percentage increase - 2.4% - was among women aged 40 and over where the fertility rate increased from 12.6 live births per thousand women aged 40 and over in 2008, to 12.9 in 2009.

Over the last 10 years the number of live births to mothers aged 40 and over has nearly doubled, from 14,252 in 1999 to 26,976 in 2009.

In women under 20, the fertility rate fell from 26 live births per thousand women in 2008, to 25.4 in 2009.

The provisional Total Fertility Rate (TFR) for 2009 shows an average of 1.95 children per woman in England and Wales, down from 1.97 children in 2008 and the first decrease since 2001 when the TFR fell to 1.63 from 1.65 in 2000.

The number of live births in England and Wales also decreased for the first time in eight years with 706,248 in 2009, compared with 708,711 in 2008.

The provisional General Fertility Rate (GFR) for 2009 was 63.6 live births per thousand women aged 15–44, a decrease compared with 63.8 in 2008.

The provisional standardised average age of women giving birth increased slightly to 29.4 in 2009, from 29.3 in 2008 and is the highest on record.


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