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Baby Hunger: The New Battle for Motherhood

Baby Hunger: The New Battle for Motherhood

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By (author) Sylvia Ann Hewlett

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  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 210mm 350g
  • Publication date: 3 May 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1903809789
  • ISBN 13: 9781903809785

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Nearly half of all highly educated, high-earning women are childless. The more successful the woman, the less likely it is she has a partner or a baby. For men, the opposite is true: the more successful he is professionally, the more likely it is that he will be married with children. These women have not chosen to be childless. Indeed, most of them yearn for a baby and have gone to extraordinary lengths to become pregnant, often derailing their careers in the process. However, this volume reminds us that, despite the allure and apparent success of IVF treatment, only three to five per cent of women aged 40 and above manage to conceive this way. The age-old business of having babies is eluding an entire generation of successful women: they can be astronauts, chief executives, and politicans but, increasingly, they cannot be mothers. This text looks at why.

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SYLVIA ANN HEWLETT founded the National Parenting Association in 1993. She was a major policy adviser to Neil Kinnock in the 1980s and was Executive Director of the Economic Policy Council in New York. She is the author of several books, including the award-winning When the Bough Breaks and The War Against Parents. She lives in New York with her husband and their five children, the last of which was born when she was 51.