Wednesday 18 October 2017

Aoife Mullally: Despite advances, delaying childbirth may still come at a cost

THE reasons women postpone having babies are complex - and include the availability of safe and effective contraception, preferring to be in a stable relationship with a supportive partner, wanting to build a career and achieve financial independence, or enjoying the freedom that family life may potentially compromise.

It is a universal challenge that the best years for having babies coincides with the best years for establishing a career and the trend towards later maternity appears to be strongest among women with better educational qualifications. While delaying pregnancy and parenting until a couple achieve financial security seems wise, there is no doubt that it also comes with difficulties.

Women need to be aware of how fertility and pregnancy outcomes change with age, and that their decision to postpone pregnancy may in turn have financial implications.

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