Older mums in new age of parenting

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Almost a quarter of first-time Australian mothers are giving birth after the age of 35 ... almost 6 per cent higher than the figure in 2000 ...

... the number of mothers in the older age bracket would continue to grow for a range of reasons including lifestyle, economic factors and career choices.

"There's a really strong tendency for women these days to get established in their careers or job and working for a period of time for their own self-fulfilment but also because of the economic circumstances," ...

... women now tended to have children over a shorter period - leaving less time between births - because they were older.

... the average maternal age in 2009 was 30, compared with 29 a decade earlier ...

... older women faced a greater risk of complications during pregnancy including miscarriage, high blood pressure and diabetes ...

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