Fortysomething women are reversing a 40-year trend

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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