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Freezing Eggs and Making Choices
05/13/2010
IconThe "Work and Family" section of The Wall Street Journal recently had an essay describing why some single women choose to freeze their eggs.  Mind you - the essay was about single women.Evidently, only 2-4% of frozen eggs once thawed yield live births.  Also, it's not yet clear whether babies born from such eggs will face any long-term health problems.  So it would seem that many women risk making important life decisions (like staying with a career long in life) based on false assumptions that their fertility is secure.The procedure (which ranges from about $9,000 to $14,000) has been used as a way to preserve fertility for cancer patients facing treatments likely to render them sterile.  This is a benevolent use of this budding technology. However, most of the interest seems to come from women delaying marriage and child-bearing because they are ferociously career-oriented and/or can't find or keep a good man.  I would like to send them each a copy of my book, " The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands ," because it is cheaper and more to the point.These women want to "make a close family" (never mind that there would be no Daddy in this "close" family), or give their parents the "gift" of a grandchild (making a child a present).  Nowhere in the article did the notion of a single woman making a baby for herself point out that this may not be in the best interest of the child!  I guess that doesn't matter.
Tags: Motherhood, Motherhood-Fatherhood, Parenting
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