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article imageEight surprising facts about modern mothers Special

By Tim Sandle     May 9, 2014 in Health
Chicago - In honor of Mother’s Day in the U.S. this weekend, the Fertility Centers of Illinois have provided Digital Journal readers with a current snapshot of present-day motherhood.
Approximately 4.1 million women became new mothers this past year, and more than 85 million mothers will be celebrated this coming Mother’s Day. Over this time the profile of a modern mother has changed drastically – and the statistics prove it. Women are delaying childbearing, avoiding marriage, freezing their eggs, and utilizing fertility technology and using donor eggs to have children. This is according to Dr. Eve Feinberg, a doctor with Fertility Centers of Illinois. Dr. Feinberg has shared eight surprising facts about modern mothers with the Digital Journal.
Dr. Feinberg eight surprising facts about modern mothers are:
1. The modern mother may have conceived using in vitro fertilization (IVF).
IVF is responsible for over five million babies born since its inception. According to the latest findings from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, 61,740 babies were born as a result of IVF or other fertility procedures in 2012, the highest number in history so far.
2. The modern mother is familiar with fertility treatment.
Approximately one or two of every 100 babies born in the U.S. is born as a result of advanced fertility treatments.
3. The modern mother may have children from donor eggs.
In 2012 16,858 embryos were created from donor egg and used in fertility treatment, up from 11,627 in 2003 (SART).
4. The modern mother may have frozen her eggs for future use.
Women choosing to freeze eggs and stop the biological clock continues to grow in popularity, particularly since the American Society of Reproductive Medicine removed the experimental label from the procedure in 2013. Doctors estimate that over 5,000 babies have been born with eggs frozen for fertility preservation.
5. The modern mother is older.
Older women have shown the highest increase in birth rate. According to the CDC, the birth rate in 2012 for women ages 40-44 was 10.4 births per 1,000, the highest rate reported in 33 years. The birth rate in 2012 for women ages 35-39 increased to 48.3 births per 1,000. Birth rates among women in their early 20s hit a new record low, and births declined among women ages 25-29.
6. The modern mother may not be married.
According to the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, 48 percent of all first-time births in the United States are now to unmarried women.
7. The modern mother may work full-time.
When mothers with children under age 18 were asked whether they would prefer to work full time, Pew Research found that mothers preferring full-time work has grown to 32 percent in 2012 from 20 percent in 2007.
8. The modern mother may be a stay-at-home mom.
Pew Research recently found that the number of stay-at-home rose to 29 percent, up from 23 percent in 1999.
An interesting list and one likely to strike up a few conversations this Mother's Day.
Fertility Centers of Illinois is one of the leading fertility treatment practices in the United States, providing advanced reproductive endocrinology services in the Chicago area for more than 30 years.
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