Specialists of the SuperJob job search service interviewed 3,000 representatives of the economically active population from all districts of Russia and found out what age they consider ideal for having children. It turned out that the majority of Russians believe that it is ideal for a woman to have the first child at 25, and for a man, at 28.
According to the results of the study, the majority of Russians believe that it is better for a woman to give birth to her first child at the age of 19-24 (44 per cent), while for a man the optimal age for having his first child is from 25 to 29 years (48 per cent). Men more often named the earlier age of the first child for both women and men (24 and 27 years, respectively). Women mostly named the age of 25 years with regard to the age of birth of the first child for a woman and 29 years for a man.
Surveys of the companies’ leaders showed that male directors in matters of childbirth are in solidarity with the opinion of the all-Russian majority, while female leaders preferred a later age of both motherhood and paternity: a woman, in their opinion, is better to give birth to her first child at the age of 27, and a man should better have his first child in 30 years. However, compared to a similar survey in 2010, Russians began to speak more often that the decision to have a child should be based not on age, but on the degree of psychological readiness and financial capabilities of a family.