“I do look back now and realise that leaving pregnancy late can be a risky bet as diminishing fertility can stack the odds against you. In some ways I wish I’d had my babies younger. Now I would love a third child but I’ve almost certainly left it too late. My fertility door is slamming shut,” she said. “I want to alert women to start thinking about their fertility at a younger age than my generation did.”
Girls are such selfish bitches, not “thinking about their fertility.” AMIRITE?
Yet even as First Response claims there is a lack of awareness about the female biological clock, they tout a survey by YouGov finding 70 percent of British women believe having a baby in her 40s would be too old. Women were also quite clear about their motives to wait: two-fifths said they would delay having a child until they have financial stability, while over a third said the cost of childcare is a deterrent. Another third said they would wait until they found the right partner.
How dare ladies not get knocked up while they’re poor by some unsuitable asshole they don’t like very much when they’re not even sure they want kids! What, do they think they’ll have infinite youth to ruin? Just because one chick regrets waiting until her 40s to have kids doesn’t mean everyone else will have that same regret. My grandma liked her youngest child fine, and she was born when Grandma was 41. And this was in ’57.
I swear, people who want to increase the birth rate among younger women should spend more time making themselves into advertisements for young parenthood, because most of the people who are eager that everyone breed early make it look about as appealing as dental work. “Have a child before your womb grows cobwebs” is not a sexy sales pitch.
Possibly making a world in which having children wasn’t viewed as a screeching halt to everything you ever cared about would be a good thing, too.
Absent THAT, everybody mind your own fucking business and stop assuming all girls without children were just too dumb to put it on their Google calendars.