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Ready : why women are embracing the new later motherhood

Author: Elizabeth Gregory
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st paperback ed.]View all editions and formats
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"In Ready, Elizabeth Gregory tracks the burgeoning trend of new later motherhood and demonstrates that for many women today, waiting for family works best. She provides compelling evidence of the benefits of having children later - by birth or by adoption. Gregory reveals that large numbers of women succeed in having children between 35 and 44 by the usual means (one in seven kids born today has a mom in that age  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gregory, Elizabeth.
Ready.
New York : Basic Books, ©2007
(OCoLC)609224873
Online version:
Gregory, Elizabeth.
Ready.
New York : Basic Books, ©2007
(OCoLC)630414311
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Gregory
ISBN: 9780465031580 0465031587
OCLC Number: 805406237
Description: xxxv, 300 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Ready? --
1. Waiting : the backstory --
Working mom, circa 1922 --
The Nexus of change --
Birth control, "the rich get richer and the poor get children" --
Education : "the neglected education of my fellow creatures is the grand source of the misery I deplore" --
2. Ready : willing and able --
3. Moms in the workplace : the benefits of age --
Higher wages --
The clout effect --
The benefits of age --
The trickle up --
Work/life balance and the flextime movement --
What is part time? --
Small-business moms --
Making work choices around family --
4. Moms at home : when is a job not a job? --
What is a stay-at-home mom? --
The stay-at-home new late mom : what's the difference? --
Deciding to stay home --
Changing gears --
Stay-at-home moms and the clout effect --
Revaluing women's work --
5. All in the family : changing the ways we live and love --
The new traditionalists --
Peer marriage --
The older woman --
Gay moms --
Divorce, new later motherhood style --
New late single moms --
Only children --
6. Sarah laughed : who's fertile and how --
Progenitrix --
Ball of confusion --
What are my odds? --
Where did we get those odds? --
What about fertility tech? --
Counting up : who's fertile later? --
Non-age-based infertility --
Is infertility on the rise? --
Proactive fertility --
Miscarriage and multiples --
Fertility ethics --
How old is too old? --
Insurance --
Future tech --
7. Adoption : expanding the borders of family --
The adoption options --
Domestic foster care --
Trans-racial adoption --
Private adoption --
International adoption --
Gay adoption --
8. Fifty is the new thirty? : health, looks, evolution, and the new line of later moms --
Longer life expectancy --
Health issues --
Looking good --
Sandwiched : between elder care and kid care --
Sandwiched? The next generation --
Menopause --
Evolution now : grand/mothering --
Epilogue : Readiness matters --
Acknowledgments --
Appendix A. Who's in the study --
Appendix B. Work status data.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Gregory.
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"Elizabeth Gregory has discovered the real truth behind all the false alarms over delayed motherhood: that older mothers tend to be very happy with their decision to have children later in life. A  Read more...

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