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Why wait?

April 21, 2011 - Erin O'Neill
It is a decision that isn't to be taken lightly, yet with the economy the way it is, it is a decision that many families are making: waiting to have children.

It seems like the mid-20s used to be the ideal age for couples to start their families but that number has been gradually going up, with more people going to college, graduate school, beginning their careers, traveling and even taking more time to find Mr. or Ms. Right before settling down. Some folks even have children early on and decide later to try again.

In my own experience, I was in my early 30s when I had my daughter. But I sometimes wonder if the experience might have been different if I had been a little younger. I was told at the time that at my age (even though I would still consider myself young), there were greater risks for complications, birth defects, trauma during delivery and a whole lot of other stuff that makes an expectant mom uneasy. Although I would like to have another child someday, the older I get, the riskier it gets. And the state of the economy sure doesn't help matters. Then there are the thoughts that when my child is 15, I'll be nearing ... 50? Can that be right? Wow.

So, I am seeking women or couples who decided to wait until later in life to have children. I want to hear your reasons for waiting. Were you told there might be risks involved? Do you have any regrets? Was there a long span of time between the births of your children?

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