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Advantages of later motherhood

Myrskylä, Mikko, Barclay, Kieron and Goisis, Alice (2017) Advantages of later motherhood. Der Gynäkologe, 50 (10). pp. 767-772. ISSN 0017-5994

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s00129-017-4124-1


In this review we summarise recent research examining how childbearing at older ages affects the health and wellbeing of both the mother and child. Although most research on advanced maternal age focuses on the risks associated with reproductive aging, recent research suggests that older mothers today differ from those in the past, and that there are also benefits to postponing fertility to older ages. Older mothers today observe better health behaviours during pregnancy, are more socioeconomically advantaged, and seem to be happier after childbearing. Furthermore, the children of older parents in high-income countries have better health and educational outcomes.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Springer Medizin Verlag GmbH
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2017 10:35
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:32

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