How much support and discussion have you had in planning for a family?
MAGGIE (Retired, Living in the UK)
"As a student nurse, I went on the pill after discussing it with my mum. She was open-minded.
But the doctor never asked my history. They put me on the pill despite I had secondary amenorrhoea and when it came to having children, my GP said “you would be lucky to have children since you’ve been on the pill”.
So I made a choice. I am already trained now and don’t mind getting pregnant."
CARYS (A philosophy graduate and mother of an “IVF” daughter , Living in the UK)
"I don’t ever remember it being talked about either at school or at home. Everybody just seemed to muddle through in their own way.
There’s no support until such a time arises when there’s a problem and something needs sorting out.
I don’t think I knew at that time that 35 was the watershed age whereby if you haven’t ready started a family then you really need to get on with it.
Supposedly rates of fertility in women plummet after the age of 35. I wish I’d known that before."
SUSIE (Retired, Living in the UK)
"I was born in the 1960s. My mum never gave me any contraception advice, but I had many conversations with my girls on family planning and contraception.
Today’s generation talks about these topics a lot earlier. In the UK, there is the personal health and social education for kids starting at age 7 or 8 years."
(A full time working mum, CEO & Founder of Glocal School, Previously President of OgilvyOne and global board member, Living in Beijing, China)
"In China, when you are about 25, a lot of people will ask “when are you going to have a baby”. My husband and I were lucky that we live in Beijing, not live with our parents together in their hometown.
We didn’t have pressure from parents and other family members. That also gave us lots of time to focus on our career."
SARAH (Venture Capitalist, Living in the US)
"The amount of information on planning for a family and fertility is exponentially compared to when I was 25. In my late 20s/early 30s, I started to think about egg freezing as I was beginning to just grow my career."
CARRIE (A full time working mum, Director at Gynii Me, Living in the UK)
"I started to think about starting a family when I was in my early 30s. There was a lot of chat within my family and friends.
But babies and maternity leave were always a sensitive topic at work, as lots of women would worry about not being put on the best projects, if people knew they were planning for a family."