Definition: Mean age of women at childbearing
The mean age of women when their children are born.
For a given calendar year, the mean age of women at childbearing can be calculated using the fertility rates by age (in general, the reproductive period is between 15 and 49 years of age). Calculated in this way from the fertility rates by age, the mean age is not weighted, i.e. the different numbers of mothers at each age are not taken into account.
Eurostat, "Demographic statistics: Definitions and methods of collection in 31 European countries (2003 Edition)", Luxembourg, 2003