Women in their mid-40s today are almost twice as likely to be childless as their parents’ generation, new figures show.
The statistics look at how many children women have had by the age of 46 – when their childbearing days are considered over.
And they reveal one in five women who were born in 1969 are childless today – compared to one in nine women born in 1942.
The decline of marriage, a rise in career-minded women and greater social acceptance for child-free mothers are some of the possible reasons less than half of today’s 30-year-old’s have become mothers to date.
The average family size has also decreased to less than two children while the previous generation usually had around 2.3 per household.
Just last week a report warned thousands of women are delaying having children for fear of not being the perfect mother.
High expectations of parents and men have made it harder for women to have children in our society. Maybe instead of demanding perfection, women would be better off with a more practical, relaxed view of relationships and parenting but that would be too simple…