Should women have kids younger?

UK television presenter Kirstie Allsopp has stated that it’s time young women stopped going to university and had children younger, and just maybe she has a point.

Describing herself as a “passionate feminist”, Ms Allsopp told the UK’s Daily Telegraph that it was time to start being honest with young women and save them from the pain of trying to have children when their fertility is in rapid decline, post 35 years of age. “Women are being let down by the system. We should speak honestly and frankly about fertility and the fact it falls off a cliff when you’re 35,” she said. “At the moment, women have 15 years to go to university, get their career on track, try and buy a home and have a baby. That is a hell of a lot to ask someone.”

Possibly the most interesting point she made was now that as we’re living longer, do we need to re-evaluate the natural order of how things are done. “At the moment we are changing the natural order of things, with grandparents being much older and everyone squeezed in the middle.

“Don’t think ‘my youth should be longer’. Don’t go to university because it’s an ‘experience’. No, it’s where you’re supposed to learn something! Do it when you’re 50!” said Ms Allsopp.

So, should having children young and going to university at 50 be the new order? With the cost of university fees on the rise and young people being faced with a huge debt burden, surely it makes more sense to be on a more sound financial and personal footing before taking on the rigours of a university degree?


Written by Debbie McTaggart