Average Maternal-Paternal Age

Average maternal age has increased greatly in recent years. In the year 2000, the average age of first-time mothers was 24.9 years in the United States. In 2014, it was 26.3 years. Iowa followed this trend, with increased maternal age during this period.

Measure Descriptions:

  • Average age of Parent A is the average age of the parent listed first on the birth certificate. Parent A is always the birth mother at the time of birth. Parent A can change with court action.
  • Average age of Parent B is the average age of the parent listed second on the birth certificate. This is always the legal spouse of Parent A at the time of birth. Parent B can change with court action, and may be added by voluntary paternity affidavit if birth mother was not married at time of conception to birth.

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