A girl aged 13 – and a woman of 52 – are the youngest and oldest mums to give birth in Sheffield in the last 10 years, The Star can reveal.
Figures from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ NHS Foundation Trust show 52 is the oldest age any woman has given birth in the city in the past decade – once last year, and previously in 2009.
Ten years ago, in 2004, the oldest age a mum had given birth in Sheffield was 49. And city experts say there is a growing trend for Sheffield women to leave starting a family until later on in life. Dr Allan Pacey, a fertility expert at The University of Sheffield, said: “It is a trend we have seen nationally and across most of the EU in the last 10 or 20 years – couples leaving it until they are older to start a family. What we see is the average age of women giving birth going up and up.
“More of us are going to university than ever before, and waiting to get a house and mortgage before we start a family.”
At the CARE fertility clinic in Nether Edge, the age limit for women to receive treatment with their own eggs is 45, and 49 with donated eggs.But many women older than that do enquire about treatment.
Medical director Dr Adel Shaker said both couples and single women are leaving children until later.
“Some decide to freeze their eggs to preserve their fertility - that is definitely on the increase,” he said.