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Later Motherhood

Parenting Anxiety Centers Around How Kids Will Turn Out

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 08.01.2016 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Our Utah trip tested the fears of at least one of us. Together, we marveled at the vast landscape, the untouched earth, and as a pair, we found a home in the great outdoors. I'm sure it's a concept that resonates with many of us, but which is actually attained so rarely. It's what keeps us enjoying our beautiful country. But I still asked myself: Was it the place? Was it my daughter? Or was it me?

Why I'm Happy Being A Late Bloomer In Life

Polly Dugan | Posted 10.09.2014 | Fifty
Polly Dugan

As I type this, my first book, 'SO MUCH A PART OF YOU,' a linked short story collection, is on its way out into the world, and I'm thinking about how my life will be different after its publication. I'm curious about what readers will think. How much will they wonder: Is any of this true? Did any of these things really happen?

Mommy Is Going to Camp: No Cell, No Email, Curated Workshops and Dance Parties

Stacie Krajchir | Posted 08.02.2014 | Los Angeles
Stacie Krajchir

In less than 24 hours I'm going to CAMP. I will be getting on a bus with a bunch of strangers to attend The Unique Camp a 4...

Aging Sperm? Not the World's End

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

Judith Shulevitz's recent New Republic essay on how later parenthood is "upending American society" claims that delaying kids could lead us down a rabbit hole of genetic decline. The piece gathers much of its energy from new studies suggesting that male sperm quality decays with age.

Female College Grads See Big Wage Gain from Delaying Motherhood

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 12.25.2012 | Women
Elizabeth Gregory

The economic roots of the ongoing trend in delaying motherhood have become only more clear in the recent recession.

Babies on Hold: The Birth-Rate Drop and the Time-Lag Effect

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Gregory

New CDC birth data confirms that the U.S. birthrate dropped 1 percent to reach an all-time low in 2011. Put down your knee-jerk fears about smaller population. This drop is a good sign, foretelling not a diminished but a strengthened workforce down the line.

Time To Mother Ourselves In Midlife

Donna Henes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

If, as it has been said, "some people give birth to children and some give birth to culture," then for the 20 percent of us who are not biological mothers, it is important to acknowledge that we have, in fact, been culture mothers, the mothers of necessity, the mothers of invention.

Fertility Up, Among Women 40-Plus

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 06.01.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Gregory

When/if there's an economic upswing, will births resurge, and will the effect ripple upward across age brackets?

Tighter Belts, Later Bumps

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Gregory

The current birthrate drop, rather than offering an occasion for anxiety, offers an opportunity to consolidate the gains for women, for their future families and for the nation.

Childlessness and Late Fertility: Parsing the New Pew Report

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

Here's another later-fertility story from Pew Research Center. This month they report that fewer women are having kids.

Late-In-Life Pregnancy and Autism

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

Hot on the heels of last month's fertility scaremongering about ovarian reserve came a new scare for women planning to start their families later, this one about autism.

Not That You Look Old: The Aesthetics of Modern Motherhood

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

Like quite a few people I know, I had my first child in at 39. My maternal grandmother had a child at 39, too, but that girl was her eighth baby and her last.

Women's Labor and Infertility

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

Released from old biological constraints, women have flooded the universities and climbed career ladders, redefining "women's work" by expanding it to include just about every field, and doubling our national talent pool.

Happy Belated Daddy Day

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

While wishing Happy Daddy Day this weekend, let's take a minute to appreciate how much more involved in the lives of their kids dads are today.

Gay Moms Doing Well, In Spite of Prop 8

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

Out gay women become moms for many of the same reasons as straight women, but accident is not one of them. These highly intentional moms are changing our understanding of what family can mean, and their successes inspire more change.

Mother Knows Best

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

Later moms are the agents of enormous social change, because their business savvyness and credentials are getting family and women's issues a hearing they've never had before