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IT'S NOT CHILD'S PLAY, DOCTOR; CAROLYN HITT newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk.



BRITAIN'S top maternity doctor has called for schoolgirls to be taught that the best age for a woman to have a baby is between 20 and 35.

Dr Tony Falconer, the new president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, says women must be "better at resolving the conflict" between their careers and family life.

Don't you just love the simplistic preaching of these male fertility gurus.

Not the old "self-centred women ignoring the deafening tick of their biological clock because they're so busy climbing the career ladder" argument.

It's not always a choice, it's a circumstance women find themselves in.

In the most recent survey of childless women, more than a third cited failure to find a partner as the main reason.

And as usual the experts concentrate on haranguing the female of the species.

Parenthood is a double act.

Just as teenage mothers get all the flak for their fecklessness while no-one lectures the lads who got them pregnant, why not tell schoolboys that the best age to commit to a long-term relationship and be responsible for something more meaningful than a Sony PlayStation is between 20 to 35. That would bring the average age of motherhood down by a decade.

It might also be useful for Britain's top maternity doctor to tell celebrities that having a baby should be confined to women aged between 20 and 35 rather than sixtysomething men who can flash their millions in a Californian surrogacy clinic.

But of course normal rules don't apply to the likes of Elton John.

Yet perhaps we shouldn't doubt the parenting skills of the pop diva and his partner David Furnish. The Terrible Twos will be a doddle - at least one of them is an expert at dealing with hysterical tantrums.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 3, 2011
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