The Australian Bureau of Statistics(ABS) has revealed there has been a sharp rise in the number of women having children in their 30s and 40s
It also unveiled that the teenage birth rate has halved.
The statistics showed that fertility rates have doubled since 1987 and tripled for women aged between 40 and 44.
A report in the Australian Daily Telegraph showed there were just over 300,000 births registered in Australia – the lowest rate since 2001.
Caroline Homer, a leading midwifery researcher at the Melbourne’s Burnett Institute, attributed the figures to women waiting longer to have children due to establishing their careers.
She also said teenage girls were less likely to have children
She said: “For the adolescents it’s probably more access to information and contraception and less stigma about having contraception.”
She also said that for many couples, both needed to be working full-time before they could consider having children.
“It’s harder to maintain a mortgage and have a life with one income, so women are much more likely to delay having a baby,” she said.
The median age of Australian mother was 27 in 1987 and in 2017 it is 31
She concluded that the average age would probably remain the same for the foreseeable future.