10/20/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'Single Motherhood By Choice' Movement Gains Momentum

Ten years on and this group of women is growing. So-called "single motherhood by choice" has always existed: around 250 of the 1,100-strong membership of the UK's Donor Conception Network (DCN) are single mothers. Usually this is a decision women come to in their late 30s or early 40s. Not any more. Olivia Montuschi, a spokeswoman for the DCN, reports that the organisation has been approached recently by a several women in their early 30s already considering donor insemination: "It's increasingly an option. They're more likely to conceive [at this age], of course. But the idea that women are giving up on finding a man at 33 or 34 does seem a bit sad." The DCN has relaunched a Single Women section on its website and released a leaflet entitled: Dear Would-Be Single Mum.

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Read "Is Unwed Motherhood Really The Problem?" by blogger and author of Knock Yourself Up: No Man? No Problem! A Tell-All Guide to Becoming a Single Mom Louise Sloan.