It is a fact that women and men are waiting longer to have children. Unlike previous generations, many women and men are in their 30s, 40s or even 50s when they have their first child. And more people than ever before are deciding to remain childfree – leading very satisfying and fulfilling lives without kids.
There is no “right” time to start a family and having a child is not the right choice for everyone. What might be best physically in terms of the fertility lifespan, may not fit with where you are at that point – in terms of your education, career, finances, or your personal life. You may be sure you want to have children, but aren’t sure when you can fit this into your life – and are wondering how long you can wait before compromising your chances of having a child. You might be ready to have kids now but your partner isn’t ready, or the reverse situation. You may not even know whether you want to have kids, or wonder whether you’ve got what it takes to be a good parent. Or you may be wondering if you can have a happy and fulfilled life without kids.
The information on this site is meant to help you sort through these questions and issues. It is meant to provide you with the information and resources you need to make the fertility choices that you feel are best for you – if you’re on your own, or for you and your partner – if you’re in a relationship.
Our mission is to support women and men of all ages in making the fertility and childbearing decisions that best fit with their unique life situations, based on their personal circumstances, needs and values. We provide current, professional, and reliable information about fertility, assisted human reproduction, and various lifestyle and family building options, including childfree living. Our volunteer medical and mental health specialists answer your specific questions. You can also read the stories of real individuals who have postponed having kids until their 30s, 40s or 50s and hear how their fertility choices have turned out for them.