Megan laid the stinking baby on the changing table and cooed at him. The little metallic plinks of his onesie pulling apart were almost drowned out by his cry. We were in the almost-dark. I sat on the rocking chair, witnessing my best friend, dumbstruck by her transformation. She was a mom.
The weirdest part about it was this: I had seen her perform almost every one of these motions a thousand times over already. But those times, the baby had been a doll and we had both been children ourselves. Those times, we had been equals in our fascination and our distance from real motherhood.
In some [...]
What's funner than birthrate information?? Yep. Anyway, things are generally the same as they were before, except teen pregnancy rates continue to go down. The full report can be found here (and here, in PDF form). For what it's worth: "the general fertility rate was 63.0 births per 1,000 women age 15-44 years." So, that is that.
Elsewhere in babydom, we learn a few very small pieces of information about Kate Middleton, William, and George.
From Jean Twenge's "How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?" in The Atlantic this month:
The widely cited statistic that one in three women ages 35 to 39 will not be pregnant after a year of trying, for instance, is based on an article published in 2004 in the journal Human Reproduction. Rarely mentioned is the source of the data: French birth records from 1670 to 1830. The chance of remaining childless—30 percent—was also calculated based on historical populations.
In other words, millions of women are being told when to get pregnant based on statistics from a time before electricity, antibiotics, or fertility treatment. Most people assume these numbers are [...]
Or, I mean: "Sources confirm" that Beyoncé is pregnant ("pregnant"?) again. Your name predictions, please!