10 Nov 2017
We’re having babies later than ever
New research shows that Irish women are putting off motherhood for longer than ever, with 65% of babies now born to mums aged between 30 and 39.
The New Central Statistics Office data reveals that on average mothers are giving birth to their first child at nearly 31, five years older than three decades ago. Since 1996 the number of first time mothers aged between 30 and 39 has risen by 51%.
The trend is part of demographic changes across Europe, where many countries have seen a dramatic drop in fertility rates. Ireland’s fertility rate stands at 1.9 births per woman, down from 3.2 in 1980. While 1.9 is high for Europe, it falls below the 2.1 needed for the population to replace itself.
Interestingly, the leaders of Europe’s biggest economies, and all the European members of the G7, are childless. Here are some of them:
• Germany’s Angela Merkel
• France’s Emmanuel Macron
• Britain’s Theresa May
• Italy’s Paolo Gentilon
• Holland’s Mark Rutte
• Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon
• Sweden’s Stefan Lofven
• Luxembourg’s Xavier Bettel
• Switzerland’s Simonetta Sommaruga
• Ireland’s Leo Varadkar
So why are we waiting longer to have children, or not having them at all? Perhaps it’s a change in the way we see ourselves. Catholicism is much less influential than it was even a few short decades ago, and living for oneself has become increasingly socially acceptable.
There might be financial reasons too: compared to the 1980s we are spending nearly three times as much of our income on rent or mortgage payments, while wage rises haven’t kept up. So it makes sense to put off kids until we feel more financially secure.
In the meantime, perhaps people are feeling more comfortable about spending their disposable income on taking care of themselves. And why not? If there has been something bothering you about your teeth or other aspects of your health, the simple answer is to get it looked at as soon as possible.
If you are an adult with disposable income and no dependents, remember, it probably won’t be this straightforward forever. The thing about health is it always pays to address problems sooner rather than later. That’s particularly true with oral health, where there should be no need for complex and expensive treatments with preventative care, based on regular check-ups and hygiene sessions.
- Getting greener with your dental health
- Ultherapy, the facelift without needles
- The world’s oldest dentist is a Neanderthal
- The Celtic roots of Halloween
- Need a mouthguard for the Schools Fitness Challenge?
- "Record teeth extractions in under-4s"
- Poor diet behind one in five deaths
- Scientists: smiling makes you better
- How to stay safe with Botox and dermal fillers
- Carlow men urged to get checked for high blood pressure
- We’re getting wiser about sugar
- We think our kids deserve better
- How dogs domesticated humans
- Men, remember to service your chassis once a year
- Proud end to Carlow’s All-Ireland campaign
- Handle mail order braces with care
- Nine weeks left for our Invisalign girl Natasha
- How our new scanner makes your life better
- Welcome to our new Bunclody dental practice
- Meet Karen. You can ask her anything
- Into the future with an Intero Digital Scanner
- Meet our new treatment co ordinator
- Invisalign Open Evenings in March
- Rejuve moves to Pembroke
- Best Child Friendly Practice!
- Making the shortlist
- Double Celebration
- Open Evening at The Granby Clinic
- Our travelling dentists
- Spooky Halloween snack ideas
- Teen Week
- Specialist Hearing Aid services now at The Granby Clinic
- What would we do without you?
- Invisalign Open Day
- Braces on a Saturday!
- Best Practice 2016
- Five Pembroke Dental entries shortlisted for 2016 Irish Dentistry Awards
- Physical therapist joins Granby clinic
- Team Spirit
- If you've got it covered, so have we!
- Elisa and Naoimi pass with flying colours!
- Thank you Carlow!
- A new face in town
- Foot care now available @Granby
- Pembroke Dental's new baby @Granby Dental
- Pembroke Dental Laboratory offers Valplast
- Periodontist and Implant Specialist joins Pembroke
- Congratulations to Kayla!
- Second Practice of the Year Award