LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – More women are skipping motherhood than ever before. But is that happening here in East Texas? Dr. Cheryl Suiter with Pineywoods Obstretrics and Gynocology says she does see women waiting.
"Pursuing their career. Putting it off for their career," said Suiter.
And some women decide to put it off forever. Like Tina McClendon, a nurse for the Heart Institute. She worked hard for her position and feels she couldn't be fully committed to a child.
"I'm a nurse and I'm 200 percent dedicated to my career. I love that," said McClendon.
But some women over 40 haven't made that decision. They're still waiting, thanks to upgraded fertility treatments. But Suiter says be careful.
"In-vitro fertilization. Many people think it's a good option, but you have to realize your ovary production is declining. So you may not have one of your biological children," said Suiter.
Suiter says she always broaches the topic of motherhood even for older women and tries to lead them in the right direction for success. She also lets her patients know the risks for pregnancies as you get older.
"Your chances of ovulating after 30 start decreases and your risk for miscarriages and chromosomal abnormalities increases so you have a double whammy basically," said Suiter.
Knowledge is power, but Suiter believes the decision ultimately lies with the person. Like McClendon, who feels happy with her life the way it is.
"Children are a big decision. They're a big commitment I think if that's something you don't want to take on, by all means don't," said McClendon.
If you believe motherhood is still for you. You can't wait forever.
The Pew Research Center's data says that the trend is true for all racial and ethnic groups and most education levels.