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Cash fears stall parenting plans for 25pc in 30s

ONE in four people in their 30s have considered putting off having a baby because of their financial situation.

The findings will ring alarm bells for doctors who repeatedly warn that fertility declines over time.

A remarkably high proportion of 30-somethings (25pc) have thought about postponing parenthood because of their finances.

The figures are even more stark for those living in Dublin,where 33pc have considered putting off having a baby. Overall, 22pc said they thought about delaying having children because of finances.

But it is the findings relating to older age groups that will spark concern – 16pc of 40 to 49-year-olds considered postponing parenthood because of money worries, despite their rapidly decline fertility.