Measures to boost early motherhood

7th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The government should take measures to make it easier for young women to start having children even while they are still at university. The Council for Public Health and Health Care (RVZ), an advisory body to the government, has made this suggestion to the government in a report on "late parenthood" presented on Wednesday.

7 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – The government should take measures to make it easier for young women to start having children even while they are still at university. The Council for Public Health and Health Care (RVZ), an advisory body to the government, has made this suggestion to the government in a report on "late parenthood" presented on Wednesday.

The council also advises that the state make it easier for young couples to find suitable housing or take measures to allow young parents to better combine work with caring for and raising children.

Women tend to have children at an older age in the Netherlands; almost half – 45 percent – have their first child after the age of 30. In 1970 about 10 percent of women waited until after 30 to have their first child.

Doctors say that from a medical point of view it is much healthier to start having children at a younger age. The RVZ say that Dutch women want to have their lives and careers on track before starting a family.

The council wants to jumpstart the discussion on the topic. The RVZ says the new government must think about whether it is advisable for people to be having children later. If the government wants to break the trend, it has to take action, the council says.


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Subject: Dutch news

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