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“Delayed” might just be the next dirty word when applied to our notion of later motherhood. In fact, experts are finally beginning to acknowledge the maternal pressure cooker in which modern women are routinely and forcibly wet-steamed.
It’s about time.
According to an article in Science Daily, published yesterday, women who have children later should not be accused of selfishness or putting themselves before the well being of their children.
In a paper, presented to the British Psychology Society at St. Andrew’s University, UK, psychologist, Kirsty Budds (http://www NULL.hud NULL.ac NULL.uk/research/researchnews/latemotherhood-amatterofchoice NULL.php), has expressed concern regarding how older mothers are portrayed in the media and perceived publicly. (See article.) (http://www NULL.sciencedaily NULL.com/releases/2012/09/120903143056 NULL.htm)
The reasons, she argues, for later motherhood run far deeper than the simple option of “choice”.
“It implies that women who have babies later on are putting something off or waiting for something. I question whether it is actually a choice, but if it is, then it is a choice that is constrained and shaped by the values in our society and the pressures upon women,” she’s quoted as saying.
The UK psychologist is hoping that further research will lead to a more balanced perception of later motherhood and offset some of the “scare” press about medical risks.
According to Science Daily, Budds argues: “These women are effectively responsibly trying to produce the best situation in which to have children, which is encouraged societally, but then they are chastised because they are giving birth when older, when it is more risky.”
Having waged internet-war on inaccurate, inflammatory and pre-conceived notions of later motherhood since 2009, I’m tempted to sarcasm with a: “Who knew?”
However, greater is my relief that, at last, another researcher is leading the charge in defense of later mothers.
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