Women who give birth in their thirties 'make better mothers'
WOMEN WHO HAVE children later in life are more likely to be better mothers, according to a new study.
The findings, published in a book by Professor Elizabeth Gregory, revealed that older mums are likely to be more financially secure, in stable relationships and happier to put jobs on hold because they’ve already achieved many career goals.
The average age at which women in Britain are giving birth has slowly risen to 29; more than 22,000 women over 40 had babies here last year, a quarter of them for the first time. And ten times as many women have their first child between 35 and 39 now than in 1975, with 13 times as many between 40 and 44.
The new research will be welcomed by the large number of older mums who dedicate their twenties to their career. This trend is typified by high-profile celebritites like Marcia Cross, who gave birth to twins at 44, and Halle Berry, who is expecting at 41.
‘I have found an overwhelming number and range of reasons why what I call the ‘new later mothers’ are absolutely right to delay motherhood, Professor Gregory, who is director of women’s studies at the University of Houston in Texas, told the Daily Mail.
‘For one thing, they have a stronger family focus rather than trying to juggle priorities because they have achieved many of their personal and career goals.
‘They also have more financial power because new later mothers have established careers and higher salaries.’
She added: ‘And they have more career experience and their management skills often translate directly into managing a household and advocating for their children.’
However, some doctors warn that older mothers face an increased risk of health complications during pregnancy, while their babies are more likely to have conditions such as Down’s Syndrome.