I have friends who have had babies easily and happily well into their 40s, but I also know others who are not so fortunate. And I've got friends who were unable to conceive naturally in their 20s and 30s. So what does that tell me? Quite simply, starting a family isn't plain sailing whatever your age.
Until now women have faced a "Catch 22" dilemma when planning a family; namely in either pursuing a career during their most creative years only to find they may have left it too late, or choosing to have their babies young and then discovering they have lost out in the career stakes as their male rivals surge ahead.
If I was on benefits, I'd have a bowl bulging with fruits from my loins and a free nest, for my troubles. Likewise, if I was a double-barrled posho, I'd have Jaspers and Hermiones coming out of every orifice, before you could say "sun-blushed tomato." We middling types pay their taxes and remain sprogless.