Birth and fertility statistics

According to publicly available statistics, more women are delaying childbearing and more women are having their first child later in life. The average age of women when they have a child, especially their first child, has increased. According to the National Vital Statistics Reports (, the average age of first-time mothers increased by 3.6 years from 21.4 years in 1970 to 25.0 years in 2006.

What is even more surprising is that from 1970 to 2006, the proportion of the first births to women age 35 and over increased eight times. In 1970, 1 out of 100 births were to women age 35 and over whereas in 2006, the ratio was 1 out of 12. The average age of first-time mothers rose between 4.3 and 5.5 years during this period in states such as Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York.


In 2006, the average age of mothers at first birth was even greater in other countries outside of the United States.


Delayed childbearing in the United States is evident and the trend only continues. The dramatic increase in women having their first birth at age of 35 and over plays a large role in the rate of successful pregnancies. About one in every 33 babies in the U.S. is born with a birth defect. Not all birth defects can be prevented but a woman can take steps to increase her own chance of having a healthy baby. At iConceive, we not only bring natural fertility solutions, we also offer solutions for a viable pregnancy, helping women to increase their chances for healthy babies.

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