Less than half of women born in ’90s have babies before turning 30

WOMEN born in 1990 have become the first generation in which less than half of them have had a baby before age 30.

The data from the Office for National Statistics is in stark contrast to 1941 wanneer 82 per cent had become mums in their teens or 20s.

Women born in 1990 have become the first generation in which less than half of them have had a baby before age 30

Women born in 1990 have become the first generation in which less than half of them have had a baby before age 30

Experts say better contraception, education and jobs for women mean they now wait longer before having a family. Amanda Sharfman, from the ONS, gesê: “We continue to see a delay in childbearing.

“Levels of childlessness by age 30 have been steadily rising — a trend that is likely to continue.”

A third of women born in 1920 were still not mothers at 30 but the figure fell for those born in the hard-living 1930s, who started families at younger ages.

After World War Two, the number without kids by age 30 began increasing again steadily — and it hit a record 50.1 per cent in 2020.

Egter, the number of women who have not had a child by age 45 has remained flat.

Ms Sharfman added: “This suggests that women are delaying childbearing rather than not having children.”

The ONS report said having two children is still the most common choice.

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