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Women in England and Wales are having their first child on average at 28 — four years later than in 1970.
There has been a corresponding surge in 40-plus mothers.
Like many modern women, I spent much of my 20s viewing potential suitors through what we jokingly termed ‘beer goggles’.
Once we began talking, my mind would race off into a baby-filled fantasy future. Excellent, I’d think, picturing him kicking a ball around with our children. Brilliant, I’d say to myself, imagining him riding along with our toddler strapped on the back.
‘It wasn’t just about meeting someone and having fun.
I really wanted to settle down, and it’s very hard to get that across without sounding desperate, without sounding like I’m saying: “Do you want to have a baby?
” on the first date.’ She has not given up on the idea of finding love and continues to date, but she is also meeting potential partners through co-parenting websites.
‘I do feel I’m running out of time in a way; I don’t want to be an old dad,’ he confides.
But fertility wanes after the age of 35, and a study earlier this year by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development revealed that nearly a fifth of British women are childless at the menopause.