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Don't feel sorry for older single mums. Here's why.

PUBLISHED: 17:53 30 November 2017

An increase in the number of older single mums should be welcomed, says Rachel Moore.

An increase in the number of older single mums should be welcomed, says Rachel Moore.

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The number of older single mums has doubled in a decade. That's something to celebrate, says Rachel Moore.

The number of older single mothers has doubled in the past decade. Births to over-45s increased from 1,194 in 2006 to 2,286 last year.

This is great news and so encouraging for the many single women in their late 30s with great careers but no sniff of a partner or children they are beginning to long for.

It’s a conversation aired many times. What to do when you’re a woman aged 39, who is single and wants children? Give up, visit a sperm bank or be totally up-front with future dates. Scary.

When I was 38, I didn’t know any women in this situation. Today, I know quite a few.

Sometimes it’s easier to bring up children, especially a lone child, alone. Aside from the exhaustion and no one to give you a break, there’s no conflict how to bring up that child, no one undermining your decisions on discipline and, from the examples I’ve seen, it’s a very special relationship.

So don’t feel sorry for these women. It’s an empowering choice for them, and one they will accomplish well.

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