Las Vegas, Nevada (WiredPRNews.com) — Women over forty have finally come into their own and in the Hollywood scene, it is almost an trend to have babies in your forties since it is, after all, the time when you have become comfortable in your own skin and can handle the responsibility of a child better.
On Monday, the Census Bureau gave a clue into the inner workings of women in their forties and child bearing. According to the report as through the Associated Press, more and more women in the early stages of the fabulous 40s are have no children, and those women are are becoming parents are having fewer than ever. Over the last three decades, the total number of women aging 40 through 44 years of age with no children has doubled–from 10% to 20%. In comparison, mothers in their forties have an average “of 1.9 children each, more than one child fewer than women of the same age in 1976.”
The pioneer report from the Census Bureau, titled the Fertility of American Women: 2006 is the first from the Bureau to utilize information from a yearly survey of 76 million women ranging in age from 15 to 50 which allowed a statewide comparison of fertility and parenthood. The report stated, “About 4.2 million women participating in the survey, which was conducted from January through December 2006, had had a child in the previous year. The statistics could be used by state agencies to provide maternal care services.”
The survey concluded that women in 2006 who graduated with graduate, professional or post graduate degrees had the most births of all educational levels. Approximately 36% of women who had a child in the last 12 months were not in a committed relationship as they were either separated, divorced, widowed or unmarried.
Wired Education Reporter