It seems that more and more women are waiting until later in life to become mothers. Women are enjoying being independent, having successful careers, traveling the world, and pursuing higher education before being tied down to motherhood. A 2010 birth statistic taken by the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 42% of women ages 25 to 34 with at least one bachelor’s degree gave birth for the first time, compared to 76% for women ages 35 to 44 with the same level of education.
Another reason women may be waiting until later to have children is so that they can have more “couple” time with their spouse. According to a study done by the University of Denver, 90% of couples’ marital happiness decreases after a year of the birth of their first child. Also, the 2009 U.S. Census Bureau reported that 40% of kids born to a two-parent home will probably live in a single-parent household by the time they hit the age of 18.
For many women, the social pressures of becoming a mother have led us to believe that we are not complete until we’ve given birth, no matter how far we’ve moved up the corporate ladder or how many degrees we’ve obtained. With this type of standard, we may feel like the odd woman out if we’d rather discover more about ourselves into our late 20’s or 30’s than hear the pitter patter of little feet. Medical science has also scared woman into feeling pressured into having children before a certain age because of higher risks for certain abnormalities or possible complications, but is that risk great enough to make a women need to to change her life plan?
What do you think? Is it ok for a women to wait until later in life to have babies?