Getting to the Heart of Birthrate Decline Scares

After seeing Jonathan Last in the media this week talking about his new book, What to Expect When No One is Expecting, the childfree will likely not be swayed by his reasons why we need to have to more babies to sustain our economic success. But if you run across someone who is, as Loretta (Cher) says to Ronnie (Nicolas Cage) in the movie, Moonstruck – tell him/her to snap out of it! Continue reading “Getting to the Heart of Birthrate Decline Scares”

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Unintentional Insults on the Childless and Childfree

On the heels of being interviewed for an upcoming article on the topic of what not to say to childfree friends (and why), I saw this article by blogger Nicole Ciomelc about one of the worst bingoes the childfree and childless in particular can get.  It puts a spotlight on how the childfree and the childless have the experience of unintentional insults in common… Continue reading “Unintentional Insults on the Childless and Childfree”


Think Parent/Childfree Friendships Can Have Their Challenges? Check Out Fertility Jealousy

As many childfree and parents know,  there is an art to friendships where one person has children and the other does not-by choice.  These friendships all too often have their challenges.  But what about friendships in which one person is having no problem having kids, and the other … Continue reading “Think Parent/Childfree Friendships Can Have Their Challenges? Check Out Fertility Jealousy”

What Do We Know About Babies in 2012?

Check out some stats in the January 9th edition of Time Magazine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CIA World Fact Book, Demographic Intelligence, Pew Research, SSA, U.N., the U.S. Census and others…. Continue reading “What Do We Know About Babies in 2012?”

The Age of First Motherhood is Rising, But Why at 50+?

I think the better question is, Why is the “baby-having drive” of some people at midlife so strong?  Part of the answer is related to a quote early in the article; 54 year old John says to 47 year old Ann: “You have the body of a young girl. You need a baby.” First, a few numbers… Continue reading “The Age of First Motherhood is Rising, But Why at 50+?”

Becoming a Mother: How Old is Too Old?

Recent breakthroughs in egg-freezing technology may be a game changer for age-related infertility.  As a woman profiled in a recent Vogue article on the topic says, “oocyte cryopreservation” is freeing her from the “tyranny of the expiration date” of being able to have children.

How does it work? What are the pros? What issues does it raise? Check it out. Continue reading “Becoming a Mother: How Old is Too Old?”

Reporting Back: The March 2011 On-the-Ground Question

The March On-the-Ground question was: In your opinion, what is the most powerful example of pro-baby messaging in the media? Here’s what you said:

The April Question: In your internet travels, tune into pro-baby messaging–How does pro-baby messaging show up and live online?

Let’s hear from you!

PGD: Next Step Toward Designer Babies?

In addition to what I talked about in the last post, 3-parent IVF, there is another controversial procedure that enables would-be parents to select the sex of a child with almost 100 percent certainty through a technique called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD).  Also known as “Family Balancing,”  it can be part of the IVF process. How does it work? Continue reading “PGD: Next Step Toward Designer Babies?”