In some countries the difference in age between parents and children is generally greater than it was in the past. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
Over the past decades many couples have delayed having children. Consequently, in some parts of the world people might become fathers and mothers at a later age than before. While there are some drawbacks to this trend, I believe that the benefits are ultimately greater.
On the one hand, older women risk more complications during childbirth. For instance, Downs Syndrome is a disorder related to giving birth during later life. The mother herself risks developing illnesses or other health problems from the pregnancy. It can also be significantly harder for older women to conceive children, in some cases necessitating fertilisation treatments. Moreover, older parents—especially those who conceive in their late thirties—get to spend less time with their children in life compared to parents who start a family in their early twenties.
Despite these drawbacks, we need to consider other crucial factors. Firstly, the labour market has become increasingly competitive. Subsequently, young people may defer having children to focus on their career. Secondly, finding suitable accommodation to raise a family has become a serious problem in many urban areas. For example, in major cities young workers are priced out of the housing market and forced to live with their parents. Therefore, couples delay their dreams of starting a family until they save enough money. Their savings can eventually be used to provide a step up onto the property ladder and into a suitable place to raise children.
To conclude, I believe the advantages do outweigh the disadvantages. Medical science can protect the older mother and children need a stable home life. Therefore, in my opinion, it is better to wait before bringing children into this world.
By Dr Rob Burton
Downs Syndrome (noun) A congenital disorder caused by the presence of an extra 21st chromosome and marked usually by moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, short stature, and a flattened facial profile. Also called trisomy 21.……
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