Delaying Parenthood

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It's a demographic change that is easy to spot at preschool pick-ups or at playgrounds: More people are having kids when they're older. Nationally about 14 percent of babies are born to women over the age of 35. Those babies tend to grow up in wealthier and more educated households. But medical risks are higher for babies of older parents, and kids may have to deal with a parent's death at a younger age. We discuss the societal benefits and drawbacks of older parenthood.


Judith Shulevitz, Science Editor for The New Republic and author of the cover story, "How Older Parenthood Will upend American Society," in the current issue

Elizabeth Gregory, director of the women's studies program at the University of Houston and author of "Ready: Why Women are Embracing the New Later Motherhood"

Joan Williams, distinguished professor of law and founding director of the Center for Work Life Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law; author of "Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter"