American women have reached a milestone for the first time since 2006

The share of American women at the end of their childbearing years who have ever given birth was higher in 2016 than it was a decade earlier, reversing a near 40-year trend where fewer women in that age group were having babies. Some 86% of women ages 40 to 44 were mothers in 2016, up from 80% in 2006, according to an analysis released Thursday of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Pew Research Center, a think tank in Washington, D.C.

‘Not only are women more likely to be mothers than in the past, but they are having more children.

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