Unplanned Postponement of First and Second Birth in the Czech Republic
Jirina Kocourková, Department of Demography and Geodemography, Faculty of Science, Charles University
Jitka Slabá, Department of Demography and Geodemography, Faculty of Science, Charles University
Anna Stastna, Department of Demography and Geodemography, Faculty of Science, Charles University
The paper focus on the planned age of childbearing and on the reasons for women failing to fulfil their plans and postponing childbearing for a much longer period than they originally envisaged. The unplanned postponement of both first and second births is analysed and the principal reasons identified. The context and reasons for unplanned postponement are analysed in detail with regard to the various socio-demographic characteristics of the women surveyed.
The results indicate that the key factors behind unplanned childbearing postponement consist of the lack of a suitable partner and health complications (concerning either the woman or her partner, and problems connected with conception which result in it taking longer than expected to become pregnant). It was concluded that unsuitable material conditions for having a child and factors related to education and labour market conditions made up less significant reasons for postponing motherhood and were cited as important principally by childless women in the youngest cohorts surveyed.
Presented in Poster Session 2