According to new data released by the CDC, teen birth rates have decreased over the years while the number of mothers over 30 has made a significant jump.
“We are seeing a trend even in our population here in West Virginia that woman are choosing to enter the workforce, women are going to school, and they are delaying marriage,” said April Reynolds, Nursing Director of Labor and Delivery, Berkeley Medical Center.
In 2014, there were 24 births per 1,000 girls under the age of 19, and in only a year, that number dropped by 10 percent, according to the report.
“Women who are over 30 are more likely to be married when they are having their babies. The women that are under 30 are less likely to be married, and sometimes that is a shift in generation,” Reynolds stated.
While the research in the State of West Virginia reflects the same shift, officials believe it is just a push of the future.
“Women are much more in the workforce than they have ever been. Often time’s women are trying to establish themselves professionally before they look to having a family,” said Reynolds.
The report was put together with records from both 2013 and 2014.