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.