August 4, 2021


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Women in the Netherlands and across Europe later become mothers

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Women in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe are increasingly becoming mothers. According to the Eurostat statistics office, the average Dutch woman does not have her first child until she is thirty.

The age at which Dutch women become pregnant and give birth for the first time has increased since the 1970s, although this development seemed to have stalled after the turn of the millennium. In 2019, for which the figures are now available, this age was over thirty for the first time when it was first delivered. According to Eurostat, women in all European countries are waiting longer and longer to have children.

In six European countries women are even older with their first child, with Italy (31.3) leading the way. The youngest mothers in Europe live in Bulgaria. The average Bulgarian gets it for the first time at the age of 26.