So when are you having kids? The definitive guide for those who aren't sure if, when, or how they want to become parents

Jordan Davidson

eBook - 2022

A new kind of family planning book for the millennial and Gen Z generations, offering inclusive guidance on the realities of parenthood "How much does it cost to have kids? How long can I wait? What if I'm infertile? And, wait a minute . . . do I actually want to have a kid?" If you're asking yourself these kinds of questions, then there's good news-Jordan Davidson has written the first comprehensive guide of our times for would-be or might-be parents. So When Are Y...ou Having Kids is not your parents' parenting book, nor is it a "how-to" for getting pregnant. It's a nonjudgmental, inclusive guidebook for women, men, same-sex couples, prospective single parents, and gender-nonconforming people who want to make informed decisions regarding if and how they bring children into the world. Combining research with compelling real-life stories, the resources in this book will be as diverse as the generations it's meant to serve. "As we expand our understanding of what 'family' means, we have to change the way we think about having kids," says Davidson. With deep insight and empathy, she tackles familial and societal pressure to have children, infertility and alternative methods of becoming a parent, financial costs of having and raising kids, the ethics of doing so in the age of climate change, and much more. Here is a much-needed resource for family planning in the modern world-providing the knowledge and the tools to help us make one of the most important decisions of our lives.

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[United States] : Sounds True 2022.
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Review by Booklist Review

Those searching for information on parenthood will find many guides to pregnancy, childbirth, and raising children; but for those who are thinking about whether or not to become parents, or how and when to do it, there is very little information. Health journalist Davidson fills that need with this comprehensive guide addressing just about every concern a prospective parent might have. She pairs exhaustive research and expert opinions with dozens of personal stories from a wide variety of parents. Discussions include the demands and rewards of parenthood, financial considerations, concerns about genetic diseases and disorders, and the risks of pregnancy and childbirth. Fertility and the grief of infertility are discussed, along with alternative paths to parenthood, including opting for a child-free life.The book is notable for its inclusivity--women, men, and nonbinary people; same-sex couples and single parents will all see themselves and their experiences reflected here. This practical, authoritative guide will be welcomed by the many people who need support as they navigate one of the most important decisions of their lives.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Library Journal Review

Davidson (founder, Endo Warriors) fills a gap for readers who are struggling to decide whether to ever become parents. At age 24, the author was diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve. Along with her thousands of dollars in student loan debt, it prompted her to ponder whether she could have children, as she struggled with depression, made dietary changes, and visited a therapist and a fertility specialist. Here she addresses her own concerns about parenthood and those of people she calls "Delayers," "Debaters," and "Decliners"--concerns like mental illness, health conditions, and even climate change--and offers extensive guidance on deciding whether to have children. Davidson pays particular attention to the obstacles to parenthood faced by queer people, like high costs to conceive and heteronormative parenting ideals). She also notes that Black prospective parents often must deal with particular racist discrimination, especially if they become parents at a young age or are single parents. VERDICT An exhaustive resource to fill a void of books about parenthood decisions.

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