Motherhood Deferred: A Woman's Journey

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Here is a passionate, gutsy exploration of the generation of women who came of age during the women's movement, coupled with the author's very personal story of her later-in-life attempts to have a baby. Unable to conceive naturally, and heading toward forty, journalist Anne Taylor Fleming availed herself of a veritable alphabet soup of the latest, cutting-edge fertility procedures: GIFT, ZIFT, IVF... Spurred by her present consuming desire to bear a child, Fleming's thoughts return to the past - her heady ...
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Here is a passionate, gutsy exploration of the generation of women who came of age during the women's movement, coupled with the author's very personal story of her later-in-life attempts to have a baby. Unable to conceive naturally, and heading toward forty, journalist Anne Taylor Fleming availed herself of a veritable alphabet soup of the latest, cutting-edge fertility procedures: GIFT, ZIFT, IVF... Spurred by her present consuming desire to bear a child, Fleming's thoughts return to the past - her heady college days, her 1950s youth - in an effort to discover how she has arrived at this juncture in her life. Alternating between an insightful probe of those volatile years when the personal became political, and a harrowing account of her often surreal forays into extrasexual procreation, Motherhood Deferred is an unsparing portrait of a generation of women born to one set of gender-inspired expectations, who were then expected to flourish under an entirely different set. The result is a braid of powerful and telling testimonies - the author's and those of her contemporaries - chronicling the vicissitudes in opportunities, dreams, and realities for women whose lives were movement-forged. With understanding, sensitivity, and self-deprecating humor, Anne Taylor Fleming has written a tour de force: a sometimes irreverent account of what it has meant to be female in the last half of the twentieth century.

For the millions of women who have postponed having children only to find in some cases that they cannot, and for the young women who are uncertain of how and when they will face motherhood, this searing memoir will have powerful resonance. Excerpted in The New York Times Magazine.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fleming, a journalist and contributor to the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour , describes her unsuccessful attempts to conceive a baby in her late 30s and considers the social upheaval that led so many women of her generation (she is now 44) to postpone childbearing. Arguing that the women's liberation movement in its early years was hostile towards families, she also recalls the childhood experiences that led her and her friends to recoil from ``the often strained arrangement of our parents' lives and marriages.'' These women sought professional success and financial independence previously denied to women, often skirmished with husbands and lovers still unwilling to help out around the house and found the prospect of assuming the responsibility for children overwhelming. When they felt ready to have children, many of these women discovered they had waited too long. While some readers may find Fleming's anguished reaction to high-tech fertility procedures a bit overwrought, most will appreciate her hard-won insights. ``I had made my choices, sometimes with fierce deliberation, sometimes inadvertently, and I would live with them,'' she writes--a conclusion that will resonate with those who lived through the past quarter-century's painful quest to redefine gender roles. First serial to the New York Times Magazine. (June)
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When journalist Fleming finally felt ready to have a baby at the age of 37, she discovered that she was unable to conceive. Her desire to become pregnant was strong, so she ultimately tried the various fixes modern fertility experts offer. As she pursued this elusive quest, she found herself reviewing the events of her life that had led her to postpone childbearing until it was too late. Each chapter alternates between Fleming's earlier years, which were shaped by the feminist writings of the 1960s, and her later experiences with various medical procedures. Although the author's stream-of-consciousness style does not do justice to her interesting journey, many women will undoubtedly recognize themselves in this book. Recommended for medium to large public libraries.-January Adams, ODSI Research Lib., Raritan, N.J.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780449983645
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/16/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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