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Topic - T.J. Mathews
A federal survey being released Friday finds that the percentage of first-time mothers 35 or older has risen more than fivefold since the early 1970s, a trend toward "midlife moms" that demographers and social scientists say is having pronounced effects on the size, composition and future growth of the U.S. population.
For women in their late 30s, "there was one drop for a few years," from 2008 to 2010, but the rate started to increase again in 2011 and 2012, he said.
The upward trend of first births to older mothers has been almost steady, Mr. Mathews said.