First Time Births For Older Moms On The Increase
Since the 1970s, the trend in women delaying child birth until later in life has been on the rise. A newly released report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics shows a significant increase in first-time births to women 35 years of age and older. The studies results indicate that there were more than nine times as many late aged first births in 2012 compared to statistics from the 1970s. The increase was seen in both sets of age groups, ages 35-39 and ages 40-44. The age group of 35-39 years saw the highest increase in first time birth rates. From 1973-2006, the first time birth rate for this age group was 1.7 per 1000 women but then rose to 10.9 per 1000 women from 2007-2012. The increase trend was also noted for those aged 40-44 and experiencing their first child birth. The rate was just 0.5 per 1000 women in the 1970s but has increased to 2.3 per 1000 women in 2012. Additionally, the findings indicate similar trends for ALL race and Hispanic groups.
Since 2000, 46 states have seen an increase in frist time births for women aged 35-39; while only 31 states saw an increase, during the same period, for women aged 40-44. Specifically, Missouri saw the first time birth rate per 1000 women increase by 31% for women aged 35-39 compared to an increase of only 23.3% in Illinois. Both Illinois and Missouri saw significant increases in the first time birth rate per 1000 women aged 40-44 from 2000 to 2012, 56%. The most significant increase for both age groups occurred in the District of Columbia, 99% for women aged 35-39 and 117% for women aged 40-44.
To help in assisting women of later age have sucessful pregnancies, Dr. Peter Ahlering and the MCRM Fertility (MCRM) help provide patients with fertility screening andfertility preservation. Simple assessment can be done for any patient of child-bearing age in the late twenties or older and is recommended, periodically. These screenings should include an examination of the anti mullerian hormone (AMH), FSH and Estradiol, done fairly early in the menstrual cycle; between days 2 and 6. If any of these tests are abnormal, then further detailed discussion about the implications on future fertility is critical. For those with strong intent to delay child birth, preservation of ones eggs and ovarian tissues is available. This provides for an enhanced opportunity for sucessful pregnancies later in life.
If you are considering delaying child birth to a later age and would like to have your fertility potential screened or discuss possible fertility preservation, please contact MCRM Fertility, today, and arrange for a consultation with medical director, Peter Ahlering, MD, FACOG.