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Fertility and family

Michael Clarke

in Challenging choices

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9781847423986
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423986.003.0010
Fertility and family

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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

Chapter.  3511 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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