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bpas comment on ONS Birth Summary Tables 2015

Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, bpas, said

"The trend towards older motherhood is here to stay, and there are many understandable reasons why women today are waiting longer to start or expand their families than those in previous decades. Rather than bemoaning this development, we should seek to understand and support the decisions women make.  More affordable childcare and improved maternity rights may make it easier for some women to start their families earlier if they wish, but we also need to ensure we have high quality reproductive healthcare services configured to meet women's needs, whatever the age at which they conceive."

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For further information please contact the bpas press office on 0207 061 3377 or 07788 725 185 or press@bpas.org

The full set of data, Birth Summary Tables: England and Wales 2015, is available online here

About bpas

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.