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05th Sep 2012

Waiting it Out: New Survey Reveals Modern Women Put Work and Fun Before Babies…

Starting a family is a massive decision to make, and according to a new survey, most modern women delay having children because they do not want to give up their own freedom...

We all know that choosing to start a family is a big deal. Actually it’s a massive deal that can have a huge impact on various other aspects of your life. Needless to say, we weren’t exactly surprised when we read the following information…

According to a new survey, nearly half of young women actually delay starting a family because they do not want to give up their freedom. Does this sound familiar?

Apparently, of the women surveyed, most said that they would rather have more money, spend more time with their partners and concentrate on their careers before they took the plunge and started having children.

72 per cent of women surveyed said that they thought celebs like Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry having babies in their 40s gave the impression that anyone could do the exact same.

The survey, entitled the Modern Motherhood Report, was carried out for Red magazine and quizzed more than 3,000 women between the ages of 28 and 45.

The results showed that the majority of women were not worried about their decision of leaving it later to try and conceive, and only 25 per cent of women questioned said they wished they had tried to have children earlier.

75 per cent said that they believed infertility is a medical problem which can be treated, while 20 per cent admitted that they had considered freezing their eggs for future use.

Would you happily give up your freedom/life for a little bundle of joy?

Of the women who had not yet started trying to have children, 45 per cent said that they did not want to give up their freedom or their life, 36 per cent were not sure if they wanted a family and 28 per cent said that their main focus was their career.

31 per cent of women said that they had not yet met the right person to have children with – this was described by Red as being “emotional infertility.”

“We have identified what we call emotional infertility – being childless not by choice but due to not having a partner or a partner not wanting to have children,” said Brigid Moss, the health director of Red magazine.

“It’s interesting that most women think that medical infertility gets most sympathy, and that more than half of women think that emotional infertility is as painful as medical infertility,” added Ms Moss.

Do you have a plan when it comes to starting a family of your own or are you happy to put off having children until you’re ready to sacrifice your own freedom?