WOMEN today are having fewer babies than ever since the Second World War.
According to last year’s figures, they have an average of 1.58 children over their lifetime.
That’s the lowest since records began in 1938, and below the 1.73 child rate in 1941, when millions of husbands were fighting at a distance.
The highest number on record was 2.93, set in 1964. Experts say the pressures of juggling a career with fears over a family, Covid, and even climate change mean that many now leave later to have children.
Birth rates fell for the fifth consecutive year in 2020, with 613,936 recorded in England and Wales – 15.9 percent from 2012 and the lowest since 2002.
The average age of mothers at birth was the same as in 2019 – 30.7 years old.
Other European countries have seen similar trends. Hannah McConnell of the Office for National Statistics said: “We’ve moved from ‘stay-at-home’ mothers to a new normal where both parents often work in a paid job.
“Also, the late first child age means that some women have fewer children than in the past.”
I became a young mom at 19, didn’t know to wait until I wet myself in a supermarket – I thought it was a UTI but I was five months pregnant