Why has a generation given up on having children?

The baby boomers’ babies are in no rush to have babies of their own. Conception rates have dropped for the first time in a decade among women in their late twenties and thirties, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In fact, the only age group with rising pregnancy levels is the forty-something age bracket, where they have more than doubled since 1990. 

This statistical snapshot forms part of a broader picture of a millennial generation for whom parenthood is no longer a foregone conclusion, and indicates that many are increasingly likely to have other priorities during their twenties and thirties, leaving reproduction to the last minute.

As a child-free…

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