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For the first time, more babies were born to women over 35 in England and Wales than to women under 25, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.
Twenty-one per cent of babies were born to mums over 35 and 20% to mums under 25. The figures also show that over half of all live births in the UK were to mothers aged 30 in 2014 and that over two-thirds (67%) of fathers were aged 30 and over. The average age of all fathers increased to 33.1 years in 2014, compared with 32.9 years in 2013, says the ONS. For mothers the average age was 30.2 years compared with 30.0 in 2013.
The figures show the average age of first time mothers was 28.5 years in 2014, compared with 28.3 years in 2013.
In 2014, 84% of babies were registered by parents who were married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting. In 2014, 38% of live births were first births, 36% were second births and 16% were third births.