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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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