The findings of a recent study have revealed that it has been for the first time in the history of Australia that on an average each woman in the continent gives birth to fewer than two children.
It has been notified that the major reason behind this is that women are more focused towards their careers and, hence, they delay the birth of their first child, thereby crossing the age to give birth to the second child.
Researchers of the study claimed: "Australian women are reaching the end of their fertile years having had fewer than two children, continuing trend of declining fertility, with a segment of women whose birthrate has fallen below replacement level".
Dr. Genevieve Heard, a research fellow at Monash University with extensive experience in the Demography Section of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, affirmed that a decline in the fertility rates has been majorly due to the urge of the women to pursue their careers.
Dr. Heard mentioned that as per last year's census figures, women aged between 40 and 44, who were reaching the point where they cannot reproduce any more, had 1.99 children each.
The same figures witnessed in 2006 accounted for an average of 2.05 children each and in case of 1996, the average had been more than 2.2 children each.
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