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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.
Delayed childbearing has national implications because it "changes the population structure," said T.J. Mathews, a co-author of the report from the National Center for Health Statistics.
But the numbers are still pretty small," Mr. Mathews said.