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The number of women delaying childbirth until after the age of 35 has increased dramatically in recent years. This global trend appears to be influenced by a wide range of social, economic and cultural factors, and is mirrored by a corresponding decline in pregnancies at a younger age. In Australia alone, it’s estimated that nearly one in four pregnant women are aged 35 or more. This upwards trend in the age of motherhood, due in part to the availability of highly reliable contraception and advances in assisted fertility technology, brings with it new challenges for both mothers and maternity teams alike.