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Recession makes women give up on baby dreams

More women are putting off or giving up plans for a family, because they can’t afford to have a baby

Posted: 6 September 2011
by Jayne Braithwaite
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Some women might have to give up on their baby dream

A quarter of women have had to rethink their plans to start a family, due to money worries caused by the recession. A study of women aged 30-45 by Red magazine found that the recession has directly affected women’s baby plans, as worries about redundancy and the cost of living increase.

This year, 25% fewer babies were tried for, with 10% of women saying the recession had made them postpone having a child, and 15% saying it has made them give up completely.

The average amount of money women would pay to conceive has also gone down by 20% since last year and 62% now don’t believe the NHS should offer free IVF to anyone who wants it (55% thought it should last year).

The survey also found that nearly a quarter of the 2,500 respondents had struggled to conceive, making it worrying that NHS trusts have admitted cutting IVF funding to save money.

It seems babies are increasingly being seen as a luxury…

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