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2 (22) 2014

Demography and social economy, 2014, 2(22):57-67
doi: https://doi.org/10.15407/dse2014.02.057

PhD in EconomicsPtoukha Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Section: Demographic processes
Language: English
Abstract: In Ukraine the mean age at childbirth and the mean age at birth of first child have been gradually growing since the mid-90s. This trend is similar to almost all European countries but the change of pace differs across the countries. In the present paper we examine the specific features of the motherhood ageing in Ukraine and its difference from European countries. As compared to these countries postponement of childbearing is a relatively recent phenomenon in Ukraine. Despite the increase in the mean age at childbirth and the mean age at first birth Ukraine is still characterised by the lowest indicators among European countries. Analysis of fertility trends and some findings of social and demographic surveys relative to reproductive intentions allow assuming that in our country the mean age of a mother at birth of child in the next 57 years will rise quite rapidly, and after that, the pace will slow down.
Key words: fertility, motherhood, mean age at birth, mean age at birth of the first child, postponement of child-birth.
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