Pregnancy after Thirty Continues to be Stigmatized

Last Friday, The Atlanticpublished a blog titled ?How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby??, written by Jean Twenge.? Twenge, herself a woman who entered motherhood in her mid-30s, talks about the panic brought on by a number of articles citing studies which implored women not to wait ?too long?.

Twenge?s article focuses on an article from TIME Magazine, titled ?Making Time for Babies,? written in 2002 that expressed the dangers of waiting too long to have children.? ?Within corporate America, 42 percent of the professional women interviewed?had no children at age 40, and most said they deeply regretted it.?

Twenge speaks from personal experience about the ticking clock-driven sense of urgency and her own feelings of panic over ?time running out?. She then examines ways in which the data from the 2002 study was flawed, and how decline in fertility for women in their late twenties has been exaggerated based on that data.

While much of her article boils down to an expos? on how statistics can be contextualized to spread misinformation, more striking in her piece is the way Twenge?s voice captures the deeply personal and emotional way women view fertility, motherhood, and the ?biological clock?.

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