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"Don't wait until 30 to have a baby"

The front-page of The Mail on Sunday on Sunday 31st May 2015 and articles in Metro and The Daily Telegraph on Monday 1st June 2015 claimed “as a woman gets older, her fertility declines sharply.”

Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs, British Pregnancy Advisory Service:

“The suggestion that fertility declines so rapidly they should aim to start their family before they turn 30 is not borne out by research. While it can become more difficult for women later in life, particularly over 40, for the vast majority of women in their 30s their chances of conceiving and having a healthy baby are very good.”

Document type: For The Record

Published: 1 June 2015

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