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Women get pregnant later and later
In Germany, women become mothers later and later, according to a study by the health insurance company KKH-Allianz. The birth rate of 40 to 44 year olds rose by almost 50 percent in 2010.
Germany's mothers are getting older and older when the first child is born, as a survey of patient data by insured members of the KKH-Allianz showed. While the number of women in labor between the ages of 20 and 24 years of age decreased by 28 percent in 2010, the birth rate of mothers aged 40 to 44 rose by a whopping 46 percent in the same period. Due to the rise in childbirth, more and more births had to be performed with the help of a caesarean section. The caesarean birth rate in younger women was just under 28 percent. The rate of childbirth was 45 percent in women of the older age group. The main reason for this trend is likely to be the new professional perspectives of women and the demographic change.
In the medically conventional sense, pregnancies above a certain age of the mother are a so-called high-risk pregnancy. Almost every second woman in childbirth gives birth to her child by Caesarean section. According to the health insurance company, there has been a steady increase in late pregnancies in connection with a caesarean section for years. In 2010, almost every third child (32 percent) was born by caesarean section, in 2004 it was one in four newborns.
There are regional differences in maternity deliveries. In the new federal states, the rate of caesarean sections is significantly lower than in the old countries. According to insured data, the caesarean section rate was 27 percent in the new federal states and 33 percent in the old ones. Cesarean births were most common in Rhineland-Palatinate (38 percent). In contrast, the share was lowest in Saxony in 2010 at 25 percent. (sb)
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