Scottish mums having babies later

More women wait until they’re over 30, official figures show


Women in Scotland are having babies later in life, with women over 30 making up nearly half on all births in 2008, annual figures from the General Register Office of Scotland reveal.


This trend for women to be waiting longer before having children has been on the up for the past three decades, the BBC reports.

Now, the average age of mums is 29.4 years – making mums two years older than the average age for mums in 1991. The average age for dads is 32.3.

Births to women aged 20 to 24 accounted for a 19% share in 2008 – between 1976 and 1980, women of this age accounted for about a third of those giving birth. Mums aged 25 to 29 accounted for 27% of births last year. This was also higher from 1976 to 1980, with 35% of births coming from women in their later 20s.


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