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MUM'S NOT THE WORD FOR MODERN WOMEN; Females put fun and work before families.

Byline: ANDREW GREGORY

NEARLY half of young women delay starting a family because they do not want to give up their freedom, a survey reveals.

The women said they would rather have more money, spend more time with their partners and concentrate on their careers before having children.

And 72% thought celebrities such as Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry having babies in their 40s gave the impression that anyone could do the same.

The 2012 Modern Motherhood Report, for Red magazine, quizzed more than 3,000 British women aged between 28 and 45.

It also found the majority of women are not worried about leaving it later to conceive, with only 25% wishing they had tried to have children earlier.

And 75% believe that infertility is a medical problem which can be treated while 20% had considered freezing their eggs for future use.

Of those who had not started trying for children, 45% said they did not want to give up their life and freedom, 36% were not sure if they wanted a family and 28% wanted to focus on their career.

Just under a third, 31%, said they had not met the right partner yet - described by the magazine as "emotional infertility".

The survey found 54% thought that emotional infertility was just as painful as medical infertility.

Sam Baker, editor-in-chief of Red, said: "It seems that women now feel more confident to make their own decisions to prioritise what they want in life, including how and when they want to start family."

Many women delayed starting a family because of rows with their partners about when to have a baby, with feel 15% splitting up over of it.

Red's health director Brigid Moss said: "We have identified what we call emotional infertility - being childless not by choice but due to not having a partner or a partner not wanting to have children. It's interesting that most women think that medical infertility gets most sympathy, and that more than half of women think that emotional infertility is as painful as medical infertility."

54% of women believe emotional infertility is just as painful as physical infertility

72% think celebs give the impression that anyone can have babies in their 40s

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