Factoid of the day: Whoa, mama
Number of U.S. births to mothers under 20: 533,000
Number of U.S. births to mothers over 35: 368,000
Number of U.S. births to mothers under 20: 441,000
Number of U.S. births to mothers over 35: 603,000
Yes, according to the Pew Research Center and reported in today’s Washington Post, in the U.S. there now more “older” women giving birth than teenagers. In 2008, 14% of U.S. births were to older women and 10% were to teens — almost an exact flip in the percentages in 1990.
That’s big (and generally good) news — with many repercussions for child health and poverty, workplace policies, and educational opportunities. Another (less happy) surprise: A record 41% of births in 2008 were to unmarried women, including most births to women under 20.