More first-time mothers beyond the age of 35

05/10/2016 15:00
More first-time mothers beyond the age of 35.
The share of women aged 35 and older who give birth has increased further since 2000. The birth rate per 1,000 women in the age category 35-39 has risen from 57 in 2000 to nearly 68 in 2015. More often than in the past, it concerns first-time motherhood, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

Live births per 1,000 women

Last year the number of births in the Netherlands was relatively low (nearly 171 thousand), as against over 200 thousand early this century. Two factors affect the decline: there are fewer women of childbearing age and these women have fewer babies. In 2015 more than 45 babies were born to every 1,000 women, over 13 percent down from 2000.

Young women have fewer, women over 35 have more children

Young women gave birth less often, while – proportionally – women older than 35 had more children. The most substantial increase is found among 35 to 39-year-old women, from 57 children per 1,000 women in 2000 to nearly 68 in 2015.

Live births by age mother, difference between 2015 and 2000

Share children over-35 mothers back at level 1950s

More than 24 percent of all newborn babies were born to mothers over the age of 35. In the 1950s this was nearly 27 percent. In the 1980s, it was less than 6 percent and subsequently began to rise again.

Older mothers more often give birth to their first or second child

Families were larger in the 1950s and many women had their fourth or subsequent child after the age of 35. The share of first children was relatively low (6.5 percent) then. Nowadays, first-time mothers are on average older. Last year, 28.6 percent of over-35 mothers gave birth to their first child. The number of first-time mothers in the 35-39 age bracket is currently much higher than in the 1950: 19 versus 9 per 1,000 women.

Live births mothers aged 35 or older by number