National Center for Family and Marriage Research Family Profiles

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Childbearing behaviors have changed dramatically in the U.S. over the past few decades, driven in large part by increases in first-birth timing (FP-19-28). As the age at first birth continues to rise, understanding expected first-birth timing among those who intend, but do not yet have, any children may provide insight into likely future birth trends. This profile uses the 2015-2019 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) to examine first-birth timing expectations among adults aged 18-49 who did not have any children but intended to have children in the future. We consider timing expectations for men and women separately and, within gender, examine age and marital status differences. The data are weighted and represent the year 2017.

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National Center for Family and Marriage Research