There was only one group of unmarried women for whom the birthrate increased in recent years: those 35 and older. In many cases, they are having babies outside of marriage by choice, with more resources and education than the typical single mother.
They are still a small minority. But if these trends continue, single motherhood could become less of a sign of family instability. It could increasingly become one of the new ways people are choosing to form families, in an era when both marriage and divorce are declining.
From Claire Cain Miller’s “Single motherhood, in decline over all, rises for women 25 and older” in The New York Times.
I just want to say… single motherhood has always been a sign of “the ways people are choosing to form families”.