Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Pregnancy and Before

Age of Parents At Birth

Age of Mother at Birth
Age of Father at Birth

The age of a mother at time of birth can influence the risk of complications during pregnancy, labour and birth, with older mothers being at higher risk of labour complications, caesarean section and preterm births. Studies that have assessed maternal and paternal age in relation to birth have found that older age of parents is associated with a higher risk of autism, bipolar disorder, congenital anomalies and stillbirth in the baby as well as gestational hypertension in the mother. Changes in the age that women choose to start having babies can influence the total fertility rate of the population.

Age of Mother at Birth

In 2011, the average age of a mother at birth in Simcoe Muskoka was 29.3 years. This has increased slightly since 1986, when the average age of a mother at birth was 26.6 years. Significantly more women in 2011 were having children after age 30 in comparison with mothers in 1986, where the majority gave birth before age 30.In 2011, the average age of first time mothers in Simcoe Muskoka was 27.6 years.

MotherAge_SM19862011

Similarly, in Ontario, the average age of mothers at birth in 2011 was 30.3 years, an increase from 1986 where the average age of mothers at birth was 27.3 years. The average age of first time mothers in Ontario was 28.8 years.

Age of Father at Birth

In 2011, the average age of a father at the time of birth in Simcoe Muskoka was 31.9 years. This has increased slightly since 1986, when the average age of a father at the time of birth was 29.6 years. Significantly more men in 2011 were having children after age 30 in comparison with fathers in 1986, where the majority fathered children before age 30.

FatherAge_SM19862011

Similarly, in Ontario, the average age of fathers at the time of birth in 2011 was 33.2 years, an increase from 1986 where the average age of fathers at time of birth was 30.3 years.