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Rise in women having babies over 40

12 July 2012 Last updated at 09:22 BST

New figures have revealed that more women are having babies after the age of 40.

Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a sharp rise over the past two decades.

The trend is believed to be driven by several reasons, which include varying career ambitions and the desire for financial stability before starting a family.

Rachel Foley reports.