Oz women increasingly putting off motherhood until their late 30s.
Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW AIHW Australian Institute of Health and Welfare ) confirm the steady rise in the average age of women giving birth, and mums aged over 35 accounted for almost a quarter of all babies born in 2008, reports the Courier Mail.
Women aged 40 and over made up almost four per cent of those who gave birth over the year.
Victoria had the highest proportion of older mums, while the Northern Territory had the youngest mothers, with just 15.9 per cent 35 and over.
"The proportion of older women giving birth has continued to rise over the past 18 years," said Associate Professor Elizabeth Sullivan, of the AIHW.
"There are a number of factors that contribute to delayed childbearing, including social, educational and economic factors and increased access to assisted reproductive technology Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is a general term referring to methods used to achieve pregnancy by artificial or partially artificial means. It is reproductive technology used in infertility treatment, which is the only application routinely used today of ," Dr. Sullivan said.
The report was released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (ANI)
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