Official figures show that about one in every five women born in 1964 is reaching
their middle age without having any child. While only one in eight women born
in 1937 was childless. These figures were obtained from the Office for National
The average family size has become smaller. This could be attributed to the
number of childless women. The average family size for women born in 1964 is
down to 1.9 children when compared with an average of 2.4 for those women born
As compared to the yesteryears, women have made
careers their first priority and have put their families second. Many have
chosen to postpone their families or lose the opportunity to have children due
to the pressures of careers, mortgages and rocky relationships. While some others
have delayed having children as they cannot face the high costs or due to the
uncertainty about the commitment of their live-in male partners.
The report also found that the average age for men to have children has gone
up to 32.4 compared to 29.8 in 1979. Previous data has shown that on an average
nowadays women give birth for the first time when they are 29.4 years old.