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The mean age of mothers in England and Wales (taking into account all live births of first and subsequent children) rose by 1.4 years to 28.4 years between 1984 and 1994.

The proportion of women in England and Wales who were childless at the age of 45 was 13 per cent in 1994, a figure that is projected to rise.

In 1994, the mean age of mothers giving birth for the first time was 26.5, almost as high as the mean age for second births in 1964

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