A new report by a government health agency has found that Australian women are continuing to wait longer to have children.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report – titled Australia’s mothers and babies 2009 – the average age of women who gave birth in Australia has increased – from 29.0 years in 2000 to 30.0 years in 2009.
AIHW National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit spokesperson Associate Professor Elizabeth Sullivan stated while the proportion of mothers aged 35 and over also rose by 5.7 per cent in the same period, there was also a change in number of mothers in their 40s.
"Mothers aged 40 and over made up 4.0% of women giving birth in 2009 compared with 2.6 per cent in 2000, while mothers aged 45 and over continued to make up about 0.2 per cent of all women giving birth with 556 women aged 45 and over giving birth in 2009," she said.
Those looking to start a family may have to re-evaluate their level of private health insurance cover, while soon-to-be mothers with a new policy may have to wait up to 12 months before claiming for obstetrics.
Health insurance brokers make it possible to compare private cover options in order to find the most appropriate plan for you and your new family.