Postponing motherhood: eggs in the fridge...

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So now Slate runs a piece informing us that professional women who are hesitant to derail their high-octane careers for the sake of motherhood will be able to pay to have good eggs from their young ovaries set aside in the freezer, to be used later when they decide it's safe to take a break for (sort of) motherhood.

Well here's an idea: God created our bodies with a view to ordering our work (including pregnancy, childbearing, and child-rearing) in a way that fits our age, and those who seek to overrule that order by means of technological fixes will learn something of God's wisdom and man's foolishness. I mean, let me put it this way: although I know children are a blessing--one of the principal sources of joy in our lives--I do feel a tinge of sympathy for the many older women I see here in this university community who are out and about with their toddlers makng what seems evident as their first foray into motherhood.

Think about getting broken into pregnancy and delivery and nursing and diapers and all that STUFF when you're forty-four and you've spent the previous two decades of your life in the antiseptic corporate world, getting breakfast from the Starbucks drive-in, lunch from your company cafeteria, and dinner at Romano's Macaroni Grill.

Might it not be that God our Creator has made us in such a way that the best time to have and raise babies is when our bodies are most fertile, not when we need fertility assistance?

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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