While the media has speculated the burst of pregnancies in young Hollywood will cause teen pregnancy to rise in the US, Britain's Office for National Statistics has released a new study that shows the number of British women becoming pregnant after turning 40 has reached a "record high."
The study found:
- There were an estimated 866,800 conceptions in Britain in 2006, compared with 841,800 the previous year.
- The rate of British women aged 40 and over becoming pregnant rose 6 percent from 11.5 per 1,000 women aged 40 to 44 in 2005 to 12.2 the following year.
- The number of women having children over the age of 40 has increased by just under 50 percent in the past decade.
- There was also an increase in older fathers, with 75,000 babies born to fathers over 40 in 2004 – one in 10 of all children born that year.
In contrast, pregnancies among teens ages 13 to 15 fell by 1.2 percent in 2006.