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Michael Clarke

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423986

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423986.001.0001

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Fertility and family

Fertility and family

(p.145) Nine Fertility and family
Challenging choices

Michael Clarke

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the recent ideas developed about and the cultural shifts around having babies. It explains that control over fertility has led to an increasing tendency for women to delay having children into their thirties, when their fertility declines sharply. Thus, getting one's relationship right by the end of her twenties is a vital step to being able to have children before her mid-thirties. It highlights the dramatic reversal of the situation in which babies just happened, largely to married couples. It adds that modern women and their partners have reliable birth control and therefore have choices to make about fertility, which, in practice, require a positive decision to have children. This chapter also explores child rearing.

Keywords:   fertility, family, child rearing, relationship, babies, married couples, modern women

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