Does the photo below shock you?
That’s exactly what the “Get Britain Fertile” campaign is hoping! They transformed British TV presenter Kate Garraway into a heavily pregnant 70-year-old to provoke a debate about how late women should wait to have a child.
Apparently women in the UK delay having babies more than any other country — in the US the average woman has their first child at 25, whereas in Britain the age is 30. The question is, how old is ‘too old’ to have a baby?
According to a survey by First Response (a pregnancy testing company), 1 in 7 women think having a child in her 40s is too old. Yes, you read that right. At 40 – too old! Yet all around us we see celebrity women having babies well into their forties.
Some argue that it is unfair to the child for a woman to have a baby later – that the mother won’t have the energy to meet all the child’s needs. That those who choose to leave it so late have been career obsessed, and too focused on enjoying their freedom and earning money to have children.
Critics of the campaign say that it is shaming women for making the choice to delay child-rearing: many women who left it later didn’t do so out of choice – but in fact because they hadn’t found the right partner, or didn’t feel financially stable enough to have children at a younger age. How many women do you know for example, who would love to have a baby, but never met Mr. Right?
When you look at the statistic that 70% of women over 55 in a YouGOV poll are opposed and ‘uncomfortable’ with the idea of a woman having babies at 40, you gotta ask yourself – are these women not just jealous? Jealous that our generation have had more opportunities than they had, and therefore more choice?
Are celebs only doing what we would all do if we had the money and the childcare that they have? Have lovely long careers and then decide to have a child?
Moreover, who are we to judge another woman’s choices? And for that matter – no one ever judges an older father, do they?
What do you guys think?
All photos credited: Pacific Coast News