CDC: More Dakota women waiting to have first baby
More Dakota women are waiting to have their first baby, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming had rises of 40 to 60 percent in first birth rates among women ages 40 to 44 from 2000 to 2012. This rate puts the states in the second highest category of increase, joining 13 other states.
Women in sister states Minnesota and Nebraska had even higher rates of women waiting to give birth to their first child -- there was a 60 percent increase in the 40 to 44 age group, according to the CDC. This rate puts the states in the highest category of increase, joining the District of Columbia and South Carolina.
The CDC says the average age of women nationally at first birth has risen over the past four decades. While older women face increased health risks, the CDC says they are generally better educated and able to provide more resources to their children than younger birth mothers.