The Great Crossover – More baby-first marriages for Americans

A majority of young parents under 30 now have their first child before they marry.

More Americans are waiting to marry. The average age at which Americans are getting married has increased from their early 20s in 1970 to their late 20s today, a significant social and demographic transition.

 

 

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Top 30 best places in the world to be a mother

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Norway ranks number 1 as the best place in the world to be a mom.

The joy of motherhood is a universal emotion no matter where you are in the world. However, the conditions in which women raise their children vary from country to country. As part of the 2012 State of the World’s Mothers report, Save the Children has released their 13th annual Mothers’ Index.

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Majority of births among under 30 are to unmarried women

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Motherhood without marriage has settled deeply into middle America.

Birth to unmarried women used to be called illegitimacy, now it is the new normal.  The share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold after steadily rising for five decades: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage.

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Single Moms at Risk of Poor Health Later in Life

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Stress and financial strain may take toll.

Moms who had children outside of marriage may be at risk for poor health later in life.  Thousands of mothers who participated in a 30-year study, but the ones who had delivered children outside of marriage reported being less healthy when they reached their 40s than the ones who had postponed motherhood until after marriage.

 

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‘Baby Brain’ a Myth – Women’s Brains Actually Grow During Motherhood

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Struggling to deal with the dreaded ‘baby brain’? Well, apparently it’s all in your mind!

The popular belief that women’s minds turn to mush during pregnancy and birth is completely wrong and their grey matter actually increases, they say. “Baby brain” is a myth scientists have claimed after discovering women’s brains actually grow during motherhood.

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India: Surrogate Motherhood Becoming Big Business

 India: Surrogate Motherhood Becoming Big Business

Women like these at a clinic in Anand can earn much more as surrogate mothers than at normal jobs.

An enterprise known as reproductive outsourcing is a new but rapidly expanding business in India. Clinics that provide surrogate mothers for foreigners say they have recently been inundated with requests from the United States and Europe, as word spreads of India’s mix of skilled medical professionals, relatively liberal laws and low prices.

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