Omaha, NE, (May 19, 2014) - Travel nurse professionals know that the first baby means the world to mothers. Pregnancy may seem like a long road until the delivery date, but nurses can help mothers-to-be nurture a healthy, thriving child. Travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, talks older women and pregnancy.
According to new research, there are more women aged 35 and older having children, suggesting that medical staffing employees might need to give mothers an extra push to maintain healthy habits to help counteract pregnancy risks that come with age.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the average age of first-time moms is at an all-time high. In 1970, the average age was about 21, which increased to 25 in 2012.
The most shocking part of the findings was that first births of women aged 35 and older increased dramatically. In 2012, there were nine times as many first births to females 35 and older than there were four decades ago.
"We've been seeing this for a while now, but it's somewhat breathtaking to see how broadly it has occurred among both age groups [those 35 to 39, and those 40 to 44]," T.J. Mathews, a demographer with the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the CDC, told HealthDay. The data was gathered from U.S. state birth certificates nationwide, taken from the National Vital Statistics System.
Possible driving factors behind the trend include delayed marriage – most women are 27 years old by the time they marry. There are also older life expectancies as well as more women in the workforce pursuing careers, leaving less time to become a parent.
Smaller family sizes
Healthcare professionals understand that the average age at first birth is important because it impacts the total number of children a female might have. For example, if one gets pregnant for the first time at age 36, she is likely not going to have three children. Since the ability to conceive drops with age, older pregnancy age means smaller families.
Read the full article for more on pregnancy in older women.
About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.