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Greater numbers of highly educated women are having children, bucking recent history
Date:5/1/2012

reatments. But one way to make a rough estimate is to see how many women are having multiple births - more than one baby at a time. That's because fertility treatments are known to be associated with high rates of multiple births.

In their analysis, the researchers found that multiple birth rates began increasing around 1990 - especially among highly educated older women, who would probably be most likely to be using fertility treatments.

Among college-graduate women in their early 40s, the multiple birth rate more than tripled from 1990 to 2006.

That suggests the use of fertility treatments played a role in the increasing number of educated older women having children. But it is not the only cause, according to the researchers.

"Although our estimates are not exact, it is clear that there was an increase in older women having children even after taking into account the fact that fertility treatments are more accessible and affordable," Weinberg said.

"Fertility treatments contributed, but it isn't the only factor."


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Contact: Bruce Weinberg
Weinberg.27@osu.edu
614-292-5642
Ohio State University
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