March 19, 1998 in Nation/World

More Older Moms In Massachusetts

Boston Globe

In a dramatic sign of the state’s changing demographics, babies born to women 30 years and older now outnumber those born to younger women.

Of the more than 80,000 babies born in 1996, nearly 41,000 were born to women 30 and older.

“It’s a fascinating trend in Massachusetts,” said Bruce Cohen, director of research and epidemiology for the state Department of Public Health. “This trend will certainly have public policy implications, for everything from child care to retirement planning.’

As recently as 1985, twice as many babies were born to Massachusetts women in their 20s and younger than were born to older women.

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