One in five women giving birth in Australia are 35 or over, data shows

Guardian Australia, Monday 14 December 2015

More than one in five women giving birth in Australia are now aged 35 or over, the latest official figures show.

The latest birth data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows the proportion of mothers aged 35 and older who gave birth increased by four percentage points to 22% in the decade to 2013.

Women who gave birth aged under 24 decreased from 19% to 17%; 30.1 years was the average age in 2013, up from 29.5 years a decade earlier. First-time mothers had an average age of 28.6 years.

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Health-care system challenging for LGBQ women giving birth

Herald News (Canada), October 13, 2015 – 6:45am

When Lisa Goldberg walks into a room to find a new mother, babe in her arms and surrounded by family, the nurse’s first question will always be the same: Who is everybody?

It may seem like an obvious thing to ask, but often clinicians — and society — jump to assumptions about what a new family looks like. The “mommy, daddy, baby” image, as Goldberg calls it.

Instead of assuming that the man standing on one side of the bed is the father, it’s critical to ask, says the Dalhousie University nursing professor. The health-care system is a creaky, old institution that was first built on what are known as heteronormative beliefs — or, more simply, the idea that everyone who comes through the hospital door is straight.

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Kenya court urges change to law criminalizing women who pass HIV to baby

Reuters, Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:45am EDT

Human rights groups have welcomed moves to change a Kenyan law passed to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS, which criminalizes pregnant women who pass HIV/AIDS to their babies, saying it discouraged people from finding out their status.

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