|Bugaboo, the symbol of middle class motherhood|
A recent study in Scotland shows that affluent women here face greater risks of complications during the birth process than those from a poorer background. In 2009 affluent women accounted for 23.8 per cent of complications, despite making up only 15.9 per cent of the pregnant population. It is thought one potential explanation could be that middle class women put off having children to establish careers, therefore the complications arise from age rather than wealth. Even so, the results seem surprising.