Study: Older, Unmarried, Educated Moms On Rise

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The face of motherhood is changing.

A new study shows new mothers in the U.S. are increasingly older and better educated. That doesn't mean women are waiting for just the right time. Half the mothers surveyed by the Pew Research Center says parenthood "just happened."

The study found that 41 percent of births in 2008 were to unmarried women. That's up from 28 percent ten years ago. The trend crossed racial and ethnic lines.

Almost 14 percent of mothers of newborns were 35 or older in 2008, with only 10 percent in their teens.

The study found 54 percent of the mothers had at least some college. Of those of 35 or older, 71 percent had at least some college education.

The changes are attributed to improvements in medical care and fertility treatment, along with postponing marriage and childbearing for higher education.

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