The number of older unmarried educated moms is on the rise in the U.S., study says
New mothers in the U.S. are increasingly older and better educated than they were two decades ago, according to a study released today by the Pew Research Center. But that doesn't mean women are waiting for just the right moment: Half of mothers surveyed said that parenthood "just happened." While most women giving birth are married, a record 41 percent of births were to unmarried women in 2008, the study said. That's up from 28 percent in 1990, according to "The New Demography of American Motherhood." The trend crossed major racial and ethnic groups. Nearly 14 percent of mothers of newborns were 35 or older two years ago, and only about 10 percent were in their teens. In 1990, teens had a 13 percent share of births. Today, 1 in 7 babies is born to a mother at least 35, compared with 1 in 11 in 1990. Most mothers of newborns (54 percent) had at least some college in 2006, an increase from 41 percent in 1990. Among mothers 35 or older, 71 percent had at least some college.