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Happy families: top, Sonia Butterworth with kids Liam and Kate at their Belfast home

Happy families: top, Sonia Butterworth with kids Liam and Kate at their Belfast home

Stephen Hamilton

Happy families: top, Sonia Butterworth with kids Liam and Kate at their Belfast home

According to the Office for National Statistics the average age at which women gave birth in 2019 rose to 31 years, yet many Northern Ireland mothers now have their first child in their 40s. Linda Stewart asks two more mature first-time mums about their experiences.

'There was fear and excitement, joy and delight'

Journalist Sonia Butterworth (51), from Belfast, who broadcasts on U105, is married to comedian Keith Law and has two children, Liam (11) and Kate (9). She had Liam when she was 40.


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