Average Age of First-Time Moms on the Rise
The average age of first-time mothers is increasing by the year. While this trend allows women to develop their careers and become financially responsible, many women can have trouble getting pregnant after certain ages. Even worse, some women may be informed by their obstetricians that carrying a baby at their age can lead to complications for them and/or their future baby.
This is one reason intended mothers may need the help of a surrogate mother. Surrogacy allows intended parents to enlist the services of a healthy adult woman to carry their baby for them. If the intended parent mothers egg are viable but she cannot carry a pregnancy, through surrogacy, she can be genetically related to her child. For intended mothers whose eggs are no longer viable, she has the option of acquiring an egg donor, having a doctor create embryos and then having them implanted into the surrogate mom.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the average age at which women give birth to their first child has increased by an average of 1.4 years between 2000 and 2014, a significant delay in such a short time period. They reported that the most significant increase occurred between 2009 and 2014 and this trend will continue, especially as the amount of women under age 20 giving birth decreases steadily. For women over 40 years of age, fertility decreases sharply.
There are a number of suspected reasons why this trend is occurring. Primarily, the ever-increasing presence of women in the workplace, especially in high-paying careers, is delaying the age at which women choose to have children. Increased healthcare access also allows women to have greater control over when they get pregnant. In addition, social expectations have changed as young women are not expected to marry right after high school or during college. Many families will choose to finish their education and job training or otherwise wait until they are financially stable before planning a first pregnancy.
Also, the CDC believes that this rise in the average age of first-time mothers will decrease the amount of children mothers can have. In other words, by the time a family is planning their second or third pregnancy, either parent can have fertility issues that limit their ability to introduce another child to the family.
Due to this trend, many families will likely seek out alternatives to traditional child-bearing. Services like The Center for Surrogate Parenting connect adults with qualified and experienced surrogate mothers so that anyone and everyone can bring their dream of having a baby to life. Even better, we give the intended parents the power to choose a surrogate mother with whom they can trust with their baby.