More Women Having First Baby Over Age 40 And Out Of Wedlock: 2018 Pew Study
(Link): Older, educated women are more likely to have babies now, report says
(Link): Modern Mothers Are Having More Children
…And not as many women are waiting for marriage to have those babies. By 2014, 55 percent of mothers ages 40 to 44 who’ve never said “I do” had at least one child. In 1994, it was about 31 percent.
Researchers noticed a trend across all races and ethnicities: Women as a whole have started delaying motherhood. This includes millennial moms — the report found the median age for first-time mothers is now 26, while back in 1994, it was 23.
Women are also putting off motherhood until after higher education.
Indeed, as the report notes: “The most dramatic increase in motherhood has occurred among the relatively small group of women in their early 40s with a Ph.D. or professional degree, 80 percent of whom are mothers; among their predecessors, just 65 percent were.” A separate 2016 study found women who wait to have kids make more money.
While educated women are having children at increasing rates, there is still one group of women most likely to be moms. Of women with a high school diploma or less, 70 percent are mothers.
(Link): They’re Waiting Longer, but U.S. Women Today More Likely to Have Children Than a Decade Ago
More than half of never-married women in their early 40s have given birth
(Link): Having a child out of wedlock is the norm for women in their 40s
by Ruth Brown, January 2018
Who needs a ring?
A majority of US women who’ve never married have given birth to at least one child by the time they reach 44, (Link): according to a new Pew Research Center study.
Fifty-five percent of unwed women currently in their early 40s have a child, the study found — up from 31 percent two decades ago.
“The upward trend in the share of never-married women having children is particularly striking given the overall falloff in births to teens in recent decades,” Pew reported.
The baby boom for this group cuts across ethnic, racial and educational levels, although the increase was larger among white women — in 1994, 13 percent of those ages 40 to 44 who’d never said “I do” had procreated, while 37 percent have now.
By contrast, 69 percent of black women in the same demographic had a kid in 1994, which had grown to 75 percent two decades later.
There were no figures for unmarried Hispanic women in ’94, but 68 percent were moms in the 2014 count.
The change was also particularly pronounced for unwed women 40 to 44 with some college experience or a degree.
In 1994, only 5 percent of those with postgraduate degrees had a kid. In 2004, it was 25 percent.
That change was also true for married women with degrees — only 60 percent of women in their 40s with professional degrees had kids 20 years ago, while 80 percent do today.
Across the board, more women are having more children, and having them later in life, the study found.
The average age of first-time moms in 1994 was 23. Today, it’s 26, in part because there has been a decrease in teen pregnancy.
In the mid-1990s, 22 percent of women in their early 40s had procreated before the age 20, but by 2014, that figure dropped to 13 percent.
Pew also attributed the change to the Great Recession, more women joining the workforce, and more people delaying marriage.
“Given these social and cultural shifts, it seems likely that the postponement of childbearing will continue,” the research outfit concluded.
(Link): Mothers Over 40 in Record Baby Boom: Number of Women Who Give Birth in Their Fifth Decade or Later Trebles
(Link): Why More Women Are Having Babies at 50 and Beyond
(Link): One in 25 babies born to over-40s / 53 year old woman gives birth to baby
(Link): Men’s Fertility Fears Spawn a Mini Industry by Robbie Whelan
(Link): With Menopause Reversal, Women Could Be Forever Fertile
(Link): 59-year-old who tried for 4 decades to get pregnant baby
(Link): 40 Percent of US Pregnancies Out of Wedlock, ‘Shotgun’ Marriages Have Plummeted: Report
(Link): Woman, 47, Gives Birth to Her First Child an Hour After Learning She Was Pregnant
(Link): Woman in Her 70s May Be Oldest Ever to Give Birth
(Link): Sorry, but being a mother is not the most important job in the world by Catherine Deveny
(Link): Otherhood – An overlooked demographic – the Childless and Childfree Women and Singles Especially Women Who Had Hoped to Marry and Have Kids But Never Met Mr. Right (links)
(Link): Stop Pressuring Women to Be Moms: It’s Insulting to Assume We All Want The Same Thing by R K Bussel
(Link): Check your ‘cat-lady’ preconceptions about childless women
(Link): Conservatives and Christians Fretting About U.S. Population Decline – We Must “Out-breed” Opponents Christian Host Says
(Link): Single Dads By Choice: More Men Going It Alone
(Link): Renting a Womb – Women Reduced to Baby Breeders says Professor (editorial from CP)
(Link): Hypocrisy in Christian Culture – Those who idolize parenting chide infertiles for trying to have kids
(Link): Response to the Hemingway Editorial ‘Fecundophobia’ – conservatives and Christians continue to idolize children, marriage – which is unbiblical
(Link): Loving the child-free people in your church by S. Burden
(Link): Actress Pregnant With Second Baby At Age 41 (or 42)
(Link): Bacon Can Harm a Man’s Fertility (article)
(Link): Christian Patriarchy Group: God Demands You Marry and Have Babies to Defeat Paganism and Satan. Singles and the Childless Worthless (in this worldview).
(Link): Rock Singer Gwen Stefani Pregnant at Age 43
(Link): This dad is glad he postponed fatherhood (commentary – first time father at age 40 or older)
(Link): Women are having fewer kids, and demographers don’t know why
(Link): Three Parents? FDA Mulls Safety of Embryo Technique
(Link): Ladies Over 35 Years Of Age Having Babies
(Link): Infertility/ Kids/ The Male Biological Clock
(Link): The Decline in Male Fertility (article)
(Link): Are Older Men’s Sperm Really Any Worse? (study) Also: article author assumes men single and/or childless until their late 30s and older are probably autistic, retarded, or drooling simpletons
(Link): Is The Church Failing Childless Women? by Diane Paddison
(Link): Over 40 Woman Gives Birth to Actor Owen Wilson’s Baby
(Link): Population Decline and Bay-bee Obsession – Patriarchy, Quiverfull, Traditional Family, Christian Gender Complementarian Nuts