Interesting that the "end of the childbearing years" is defined as 40-44. Two of my four children were born in those years--if I'd been polled at 41, I would have fit in their highly-educated-with-only-2-kids demographic. With the increase in women having children later than the typical 20s and 30s (especially highly educated women), plus the increased use of successful fertility treatments for older women, it seems that it would be wise to wait until age 50 before deeming a woman's childbearing years over--and for a few women, even 50 would be premature.
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