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Bucking The Trend, Having A Baby Before 30

January 23, 2008

Cadwalader Associate Among Those Bucking Trend, Having a Baby Before 30 

By Debra Cassens Weiss

Read the complete article at: http://www.abajournal.com/news/cadwalader_associate_among_those_bucking_the_trend_having_a_baby_before_30/

College grads living in metropolitan areas who decide to have children before the age of 30 are bucking the demographic trend. That leaves the women who decide to have babies feeling alone and out of the mainstream, the Washington Post reports. In metro areas, the percentage of college graduates between the ages of 25 and 29 who have children is 13 percent for men and 31 percent for women, according to the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center. Women who are college grads usually have their first child at about the age of 30, reports the National Center for Health Statistics.

Among those who decided not to put off children is 28-year-old associate Erin Foley Lewis of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, who has twins.

“By the time I’m at a point in my career where I am going to be making partner, my kids are going to be old enough to be playing on their own and sleeping on their own,” Lewis told the newspaper. “If I had waited until 33 to have children, I’d have newborns at the time I would be up for partner.”

Another young mother is 28-year-old law student Amy Elliott, who attends George Washington University. “When I walk up to the day care with Emmett, I always feel like they are looking at me and thinking, ‘Oh, she’s the babysitter dropping off the kid, or whatever,’ ” she said.

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