Life Without Baby

Filling the silence in the motherhood discussion

Think Before You Reproduce September 20, 2010

Filed under: Children,The Childfree Life: Issues and Attitudes — Life Without Baby @ 11:06 am
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I found this article on More.com recently. It’s one of those that really makes you scratch your head at first read, and I think the author gives some sound advice.

This woman wants children badly and is wondering if she should marry and reproduce with a man whose “jealousy and insecurity issues” as well his drug-use history are giving her cause for concern. Even as I was reading the article I was yelling, “No!!!!” at my computer. But when I read it again today, I see it slightly differently. The woman is 44, watching her window of fertility close, and looking at this man as her last hope for motherhood. I’m still yelling “No!” but I’m no longer adding, “Are you insane?”

I think it’s fairly safe to say that every one reading this blog has given a lot of thought to the reproduction decision. There are those of us who made firm decisions that we didn’t want children, and those of us who wanted children and either weren’t able or weren’t in a situation into which we wanted to bring children. Whatever our situation, we’ve given a lot of consideration to what being a parent entails, and probably a lot more than many people who bring children into the world.

Surprisingly enough I understand why this woman is even considering this option of bringing a child into what is, at best, a rocky relationship. That fertility window is like the old sash windows in my house: it stays open of its own accord for a good long time, but once it starts to close, it comes crashing down like a guillotine. I can understand why she’s grabbing at the nearest sperm-producing straw. But you can see the disaster written all over this scenario, can’t you? The only saving grace is that she too is questioning the wisdom of this move. Hurray for that, at least.

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2 Responses to “Think Before You Reproduce”

  1. Lu Says:

    Aack! Wish she would wake up, but you’re right – can we blame her for her desire that we’ve all experienced good marriage or not?

  2. Kathleen Guthrie Says:

    I remember a moment of “…but he doesn’t want kids, so he’ll be out of the picture and I’ll be fine doing it on my own.” I’ve been in this woman’s position, and I ache for her. She knows better, I’m sure. But being rational doesn’t make this experience any easier.


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