This chapter overviews and clarifies various demographic aspects of fertility postponement: what are the main causes and consequences? It is shown that young adults have become much more autonomous in making decisions. However, making rational decisions about irreversible life events is far from easy. And more often than before union dissolution interferes before people have realised the number of children they want to have.
|Title of host publication||The future of motherhood in Western societies: late fertility and its consequences|
|Editors||Gijs Beets, Joop Schippers, Egbert te Velde|
|Number of pages||222|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
Beets, G. C. N. (2011). The demography of the age at first birth: the close relationship between having children and postponement. In G. Beets, J. Schippers, & E. te Velde (Eds.), The future of motherhood in Western societies: late fertility and its consequences (pp. 61-90) https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-8969-4_6