Times are changing
But, of course, over the last 50 years we’ve seen huge changes in what it actually means to be a mother in the UK. The fertility rate is higher for women over 40 for the first time since 1947, and people are also having fewer children. The number of births in the UK has dropped over 2013-4 since a peak in 2012.
Plus, even though we’re earning more than ever, the cost of living is rising. House prices, transportation costs and the cost of food all rose in 2016 meaning the cost of raising a family also increased. Holidays to Europe are set to be up to 20% more expensive due to the drop in the value of the pound after Brexit. The outgoings seem endless.
Was it always like this? We’ve examined motherhood through the ages to see whether things really were any easier back in the day…