A new Pew Research Report out today shows that a record one in four births in 2008 were to unmarried women. And new mothers are now considerably older than they used to be. Fourteen percent of births were to women ages 35 and older, compared to only 10 percent to teens – a reverse of the situation from 1990. One reason may be that there are so many more options for prospective moms who have delayed motherhood - from adoption to using donor sperm to freezing their own eggs.
Journalists Pamela Ferdinand, Casey Goldberg, and Word Of Mouth contributor Beth Jones all had fulfilling careers, rich friendships, and hapless relationship histories. They all wanted children, and were all approaching “biological midnight.” They tell their unlikely stories in Three Wishes: A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Astonishing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood. Pamela Ferdinand represented the three co-authors in our interview.