Last night, my wife learned that one of her old friends is pregnant. That got me thinking about how few of our (mostly her) female friends are pregnant. We counted up 20 of her closest friends and family members aged 28 to 32, and got the following result:
Pregnant – 1
Has one child – 0
Has more than one child – 1
No kids –
16 18 (stupid math)
These women are all more or less the same, demographically. Mostly Caucasian, mostly university-educated, mostly employed in career jobs. I know that women are having babies older and older, but I was struck my this anecdotal data.
These women are outside the average, according to this page on Canadian motherhood:
The fertility rate is 1.5 children–meaning that current trends suggest that, on average, women will have 1.5 children over the course of their lives. The average age of first time mothers was 27.7 years, up from 24.4 in the mid 70s.
Of all the people I know under 40, only one of them has more than two kids. Keep those immigrants coming–somebody has to care for us when we’re old.