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News Roundup: Turns Out Your Fertility May Not Drop Just Because You’re 35

All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.



- Turns out the widely cited statistic that claims a women’s fertility drops steeply at 35 years old is based on data from French birth records from 1670-1830 (!). The few studies that include women born in the 20th century are much more optimistic. (Atlantic)

– “My decision to have a child was the result of a sense of stability I enjoyed due to taking an array of anti-anxiety medications that I would be strongly advised by most doctors to stop taking now that I was pregnant.”–Alissa Nutting on being pregnant, pill-free, and panicked. (NYT)

– There are plenty of fertility apps out there, but PayPal co-founder Max Levchin’s “Glow” app gives you the option to contribute $50 a month to a “mutual assistance program,” and if you still aren’t pregnant after 10 months, you’ll get a share of the pool to help pay for fertility treatments. (Slate)

– In the latest from the “just friends” forefront, a Conservative female rabbi explains why she decided to take a major step back from her friendships with other men. (Tablet)


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Molly TolskyMolly Tolsky is the editor of Kveller.com. She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines including Lumina, MAKE, and The Collagist, and her non-fiction has appeared in The Jewish Daily Forward. She isn't a parent, but a very proud aunt. Follow her @mollytolsky.

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