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How old were you when you had your first child?

As part of our project, The Ninth Month, we're looking at when women give birth for the first time. The United Nations gathered this data on when women in developing countries had their first children, and while it doesn't cover every country, it does cover a wide swath of the developing world.

Infographic explaining that countries in Africa have, on average, first births are in their late teens, early 20's
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Fran Dias

Women were youngest in Niger and Chad, in Africa, and Bangladesh, in South Asia, according to the UN report. Women in Sri Lanka and Morocco were the oldest. A different study pegs the US age at 25.8.

 

 

Infographic explaining that countries in Africa have, on average, first births are in their late teens, early 20's
Credit:

Fran Dias

 

Infograpphic detailing the order which African countries on average give birth to their first child. Niger is first at 18 and Morocco is last at 25.4
Credit:

Fran Dias

 

An infographic detailing Asia and Oceania. These countries are the most spread out, leaning towards early to mid 20's
Credit:

Fran Dias

 

Infographic detailing when Centeral and South America on average give birth to their first child. Typically early 20's

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