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Recession preventing mums from having more children

Published 16/02/2012 | 05:00

A heavily pregnant Lucy Kennedy at the launch yesterday of 100pc Natural Ingredients Denny Deli Style Ham. Lucy is due her second baby in April
A heavily pregnant Lucy Kennedy at the launch yesterday of 100pc Natural Ingredients Denny Deli Style Ham. Lucy is due her second baby in April

MORE than a third of Irish mothers say they will have no more children due to the recession.

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A survey of over 700 mothers and expectant mothers found that 39pc had decided not to expand their family due to the worsening economy.

Younger mothers and those on middle incomes of between €20,000 and €40,000 were even more likely to be limiting family size.

Official birth statistics for Ireland show that the number of babies born fell from a record of 75,065 at the peak of the baby boom in 2008 to 73,724 in 2010, and the birth rate continued to decline in the early months of 2011.

Some 79pc of those surveyed by Amarach Research said that their income had fallen in the last year -- and this rose to 85pc of mothers aged over 35 years.

The vast majority have cut back on spending to make ends meet, according to this survey, which was carried out on behalf of parenting website eumom.ie

The Amarach report found a quarter of mothers were depending more heavily on credit cards -- while 36pc had borrowed from family or friends in the past six months and 7pc admitted to turning to a moneylender.

Irish Independent

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