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'Older women make better moms'

Women who have kids late make better mothers as they are more likely to be in stable relationships, says a study.

health and fitness Updated: Oct 29, 2007 12:30 IST

It's a research that is guaranteed to bring some relief particularly to working women who are worried over being a late mom - older mothers are better mothers.

Yes, according to a study by researchers, women who have children later in life make better mothers as they are likely than younger counterparts to be financially secure and in stable relationships, the Daily Mail reported today.

Moreover, the older mothers are also happier to put their jobs on hold because they have already achieved many career objectives and also tend to enjoy better health and live longer than their younger counterparts.

"I have found an overwhelming number and range of reasons why what I call the 'new later mothers' are absolutely right to delay motherhood. For one thing, they have a stronger family focus rather than trying to juggle priorities because they have achieved many of their personal and career goals.

"They also have more financial power because new later mothers have established careers and higher salaries. And they they have more career experience and their management skills often translate directly into managing a household and advocating for their children.

"Not only are they more likely to be married, they also tend to have a stronger network of close friends," lead researcher Prof Elizabeth Gregory of the University of Houston was quoted as saying.

In fact, Prof Gregory and her team have published their findings in a book after carefully studying a group of women who became mothers after 30 and compared their health conditions with younger moms.

First Published: Oct 29, 2007 12:02 IST