- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (December 25, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465027857
- ISBN-13: 978-0465027859
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,970,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood Hardcover – December 25, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
In this upbeat, sometimes self-congratulatory book, University of Houston professor Gregory looks at the benefits of waiting until later in life to have children. Recent front-page studies citing a rise in infertility have instilled a sense of emergency in women who put off having children until they have established careers and chosen the right father—or perhaps eschewed the need for one. Gregory's palliative, informative study of 113 mothers between the ages of 35 and 56 (she doesn't share where they live, one failing of this work) reveals the rational motivations on the part of these mostly well-educated, professional women for waiting, as well as their varying success in getting pregnant. Married moms, single moms, gay moms, moms who had a baby by nature or with the help of technology or adoption—Gregory shares her happy discovery that most of these new later moms felt positive about their choices. Some of the reasons they cite in interviews include bringing more financial power and education to the nest, creating a strong family focus and the likelihood of a stable, peer marriage, enjoying a longer life expectancy and a general sense of self-confidence younger mothers may lack. Helpfully, Gregory debunks a lot of the hysterical statistics surrounding infertility and dispenses the wealth of pregnancy and adoption offerings with equanimity and good cheer. (Jan.)
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“A book that focuses on the positive effects of women’s decisions about their working and family lives deserves a rousing welcome... lively, accessible and lucid.”
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I was also angry when reading the section on fertility. Her researched figures and numbers are extremely positive until you realize that the numbers do not include women who have already been found to be infertile. Therefore, when she recites the statistic that 90% of women between 30 and 35 are fertile that only means 90% of women who are not already known to be infertile.
In Elizabeth Gregory's defense, she does not hide or try to conceal these statistics in anyway. They are not hidden in the back footnotes.
The part of the book I found to be most helpful was the section where Ms. Gregory discusses a later mother's higher salary and more secure position within her job. This section of the book was well researched and her statistics were clear and unambiguous.
Given the chance to go back in time, I would not buy this book simply because I don't feel that it taught me anything that I don't already know or that isn't common knowledge or common sense
I found this book to be a delightful, realistic outlook on the many roles and responsibilities of women in the United States. As a child raised by a single mother, I understand how having an older, educated mother can better enable one's children to be better prepared for the world's obstacles.
What a wonderful read! My friends are buying this book!
As I continue to read all I can on later motherhood, the questions you ask towards the end of your book loom large for me: "How does having a new later mom affect a child's overall abilities or sense of well-being? Or does it make no difference?..." (258). Thank you for the rich contribution of your work to the growing body of work on late motherhood...and for asking these two questions. My sincere hope is that your research and your writing continue.