Black Women Putting Off Babies Because of Recession: Are You?

October 14, 2011  |  

Despite those who would throw cliché sayings in my face  like “children don’t need much,” I know I won’t be comfortable giving my child the bare minimum. (And how is $226,000 not much?) If I’m bringing a baby into this world, I ought to at least be able to give him more than I had. In this recession, that doesn’t seem likely.

I’ve seen friends who at first were shocked by my opinion suddenly jump on board as the economic situation in America worsens. Unsure what the future brings, other than higher unemployment, they too have put off their wishes of raising a family—perhaps not permanently but at least until they have a clear view of how everything will shake out.

People always say there’s never quite a right time for anything and that you’re never fully prepared for children, but most of us know when the time is wrong. For many women that time seems to be now.

Have you put plans for starting a family on hold due to the recession? Do you see yourself never having children because of the economy or are you holding off until things get better?

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