The Central Statistics Office has revealed that on average in Ireland, mothers are giving birth to their first child at 31 years of age.

 

In 1987 (30 years ago), women were five years younger when they had their first baby.

 

According to the report, which tracks everything from births and marriages to crime, more than 23,000 children were born out of wedlock last year. Quelle horreur. 

 

Cliona Loughnane of the Women's Council of Ireland spoke to independent.ie about the rising age of mums in Ireland:

 

 

"It's about when it's right for a woman to have a child. It's a gradual increase in age and Ireland is following a general trend that is happening around Europe."

 

"Part of that is higher education attainment, so that will probably delay when women decide to have a family."

 

It was also mentioned that many women in Ireland are considering their careers, and success, before considering settling down and having babies. 

 

What do you reckon mums? 

 

Do you have any thoughts on why women are choosing to have babies later in life? Let us know! 

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