A bpas spokesperson said:
“The age of first-time motherhood has been steadily increasing, while the number of teenage births has dropped dramatically in recent years. Women giving birth today are more likely to be older, and also larger, and this can mean they are more likely to need a caesarean section. This is not a problem to be solved or bemoaned, it’s just a fact. There are many reasons why women are waiting longer to start or expand their families, and rather than hectoring women about “leaving it too long”, we need to respect women’s choices and accept that they are the best ones best placed to decide when having a child is right for them. Our job is to ensure our maternity services are equipped to give women the care most suited to their individual needs.”
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bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.