Birth Rates Down For Women In Their 20s, Up for 40-Somethings

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Just like marriage, modern women aren't rushing into motherhood.

Marriage isn't the only thing women aren't rushing into these days. They are also waiting to have a child. Birth rates in the U.S. are down by 4 percent, the Centers for Disease Control reported. MyDaily: Confessions Of A Relationship Therapist: The Top 5 Problems Couples Share On My Couch

While many would be glad to know that teen birth rates have decreased by 8 percent between 2007 and 2009, birth rates for ladies age 20 to 24 have fallen 9 percent—the lowest it has ever been for the demographic. Women between the ages of 25 to 40 are also not having as many babies as females before them did in the past. MyDaily: Why Is A Good Man So Hard To Find? 6 Ways To Spot A 'Man-Child'

While 20-somethings aren't becoming mothers, the study found that women older than 40 are having more children. Just like Halle Berry, Salma Hayek and Julia Roberts, birthrates for this age group have risen 6 percent in two years. While more women in their 40s are become moms—for the first time or again—researchers say it usually isn't without the help of assisted reproductive technology.

According to Marjorie Greenfield, obstetrician-gynecologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the chances of having a kid without fertility help is no more than 10 percent. MyDaily: A Man Offered Me $10,000 To Marry Him

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