Supermodel Naomi Campbell, 50, welcomed a little girl to Instagram
on Tuesday. "A nice little blessing made me her mother," she wrote. “It is a great honor for me to have this gentle soul in my life. There are no words to describe the lifelong bond I now share with you, my angel. There is no greater love. "(Campbell gave no details about her journey into motherhood.)
Your announcement is part of a growing trend. More and more women are choosing to have children later in life, either naturally or through surrogacy. Three years ago, Senator Tammy Duckworth, then 50, the Democratic Senator from Illinois, gave birth to a baby girl. She was the first incumbent U.S. Senator to have a baby. "As a working parent, I'm hardly alone or unique," she said at the time. Pop singer Janet Jackson was born in 2017 at the age of 50, and TV presenter Hoda Kotb became a mother at the age of 52.
More and more women are choosing to have children later in life, either naturally or through surrogacy, despite the fact that the birth rate has been falling for a decade.
The proportion of American women at the end of their childbearing years who ever gave birth is higher than a decade ago, reversing a nearly 40-year trend that fewer women in that age group had babies, according to Pew Research, according to Center, a Washington think tank , DC,
"Not only are women more likely to be mothers than in the past, but they also have more children," said the report, which analyzed data from the US Census Bureau. In 2016, mothers at the end of their childbearing life had approximately 2.42 children, compared to a low of 2.31 in 2008. And family size has actually increased among mothers.
"The Great Recession has exacerbated this shift towards later motherhood, fueled over the longer term by higher educational attainment and female labor force participation and by delays in marriage," the Pew report said. "Given these social and cultural changes, it is likely that the postponement of childbirth will continue."
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a gradual increase in births to women in their forties and early fifties over the past decade. Older mothers have higher rates of caesarean sections due to complications, low birth weights, and stillborn babies. For those carrying their own child, the odds of having a baby with Down syndrome are 1 in 100 in 40. In 45, it is 1 in 30.
Denmark and all other highly industrialized countries have some form of national paid parental leave, but the US has no such federal law.
As more older women choose to become parents, birth and birthrates in the United States fell for the sixth consecutive year in 2019, reaching their lowest level since the late 1970s, according to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. The researchers did not name the coronavirus pandemic as the reason for the decline.
In fact, fertility in the US has been on a downward trend for half a century. There are approximately 1.78 births per woman in the US, compared to 2.12 births per woman in 2007, but down from a low of 1.73 births per woman in 1976. These numbers pale from 1960, when there were 3.65 births per woman.
Why the decline? Many families need two paychecks and have to postpone buying a home – and starting a family – while saving for a down payment. Other women delay starting a family to focus on their careers and education. Childcare remains one of the largest household expenses, according to Child Care Aware of America, a nonprofit group in Arlington, Virginia.
In addition, Denmark and all other highly industrialized countries have some form of nationally paid parental leave in place, but the US has no such federal law. Beginning in 2021, five states will have laws governing paid vacation, and Washington D.C.'s family and sick leave benefits. start in July. Federal employees are given 12 weeks of paid vacation.
Denmark's Paid Parental Leave Act provides that mothers receive four weeks of wage compensation before giving birth and for 14 weeks afterwards. You can also extend your parental leave by 14 weeks if the child or parents fall ill. They then have an additional 32 weeks to share with the father, although previous research has shown that it usually took most of the time to mothers.
Meanwhile, congratulations came for Campbell on Tuesday. Marc Jacobs, the experienced designer who has worked with the supermodel since the 1990s, replied to her Instagram post: “Oh my god !!!!! Today is the day?? How absolutely incredible. How lucky she is and how lucky you are! What a wonderful mother you will be. Blessings everywhere. "