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Number of women over 40 having babies surpasses teen pregnancies as births to mothers under 19 hits LOWEST EVER rate

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The number of teenagers having babies has fallen to an historic low, new figures out today reveal.

Just 20,358 mothers who gave birth in 2017 were 19 years-old or under - the lowest since records began in 1938. 

They were surpassed by the number of women aged 40 and over who gave birth, which was almost a third higher at 29,313.

             

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Experts at the Office for National Statistics said the numbers show the impact of women delaying starting a family. 

The figures also reveal that over half of mothers who gave birth last year were aged 30 or over as women wait longer to have babies.

Some 55 per cent of mums going into labour in 2017 had celebrated the milestone birthday - up from 48 per cent a decade ago.

  a close up of a piece of paper: Just 20,358 mothers who gave birth in 2017 were 19 years-old or under - the lowest since records began in 1938 (pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Just 20,358 mothers who gave birth in 2017 were 19 years-old or under - the lowest since records began in 1938 (pictured)

The average age of a first-time mother was 28.8 years-old in 2017 - up from 27.5 a decade ago, but unchanged on the year before. 

But the average age of mothers going into labour last year - regardless of what number child it was - was its highest ever at 30.5 years. 

The ONS said: 'A long-term rise has been recorded since 1975 in the average ages of mothers and fathers reflecting trends to delay childbearing to later ages.'

Many women are waiting to establish their careers before they choose to settle down and have babies.

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While others spend longer searching for 'Mr Right' before they want to commit to having a child with their other half.

Last year, some 329 women aged 49 or over had a baby, while 1,876 women aged between 45 and 48 gave birth.

The average age of fathers has also gone up, with 69 per cent of dads aged 30 or over - up from 65 per cent a decade ago and 60 per cent in 1997. 

Older mothers are the most likely to have a stillbirth at 6.1 per thousand - lower than the 7.7 a decade ago and the rate of 10.3 in 1997.

a close up of text on a white background: Over half of mothers who gave birth last year were aged 30 or over as women wait longer to have babies, figures out today reveal (pictured,graph of the average age of mothers in 2017) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Over half of mothers who gave birth last year were aged 30 or over as women wait longer to have babies, figures out today reveal (pictured,graph of the average age of mothers in 2017)

The ONS said: 'The stillbirth rate was significantly higher in the most deprived areas (based on mothers’ usual residence) compared with the least deprived areas in England in 2017.

'In England, the stillbirth rate in the most deprived areas was 5.5 per 1,000 total births, compared with 3.0 per 1,000 total births in the least deprived areas.'

The annual figures also reveal the most popular days to be born - with September the busiest month.

The ONS said: 'A peak in births in late September shows that more babies are conceived in the weeks leading up to and the days after Christmas than at any other time of the year.

'Eight of the top ten dates of birth were towards the end of September, with 26 September being the most popular over the period 1995 to 2017.'

The least popular date of birth from 1995 to 2017 was Boxing Day, followed by Christmas Day, with, on average, 1,357 and 1,425 live births respectively. 

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