Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rise in age of first -time motherhood

Small fact to keep in your birth trivia part of your brain:

In the United States, the average age of first-time mothers rose from 21.4 years in 1970 to 25 in 2006, according to an August 2009 data brief from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Data from the Birth Data File in the National Vital Statistics System show that the average age at first birth increased in all states and the District of Columbia. Massachusetts (5.2 years) and the District of Columbia (5.5 years) had the largest increases since 1970.

Age at first birth influences the total number of births that a woman might have in her life, which impacts the future growth of the population. The mother’s age (both younger and older) also plays a role in a range of birth outcomes, including birthweight, multiple births and birth defects. For more information, go to CDC.

So does that impact attendance at CB in a positive or negative way?

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