Dutch women not waiting to become moms

In the past three years, the number of young families in the Netherlands has increased.

The number of first-time mothers has risen from 82 thousand in 2008 to nearly 86 thousand in 2010. Women in their twenties no longer postpone motherhood and it is more common for women in their thirties and forties to start a family.

Last year, 184 thousand kids were born, i.e. as many as in 2008 and 2009, but the number of first children has risen over the past three years from 82 thousand in 2008 to nearly 86 thousand in 2010. This means that more women have become mothers in the past three years.

The number of 20 to 40-year-old women has declined by nearly 3 percent in the past three years. At the same time, the number of first-time mothers in this age category has increased by 4 percent. The increase can be attributed to the fact that women in their twenties no longer postpone motherhood and more women in their thirties and forties nowadays choose to have children.

Source: CBS

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