When the Standard launched its first ever fertility survey we had an idea about what the results would tell us. We thought we’d hear from people concerned about reproductive health and access to fertility treatment. We did! But that wasn’t top of the list… it was money.
We partnered up with Peanut, the app and online community for prospective parents, and asked 400 people what they were thinking about when considering starting a family. Over a third told us they felt pressured to remain childfree, even though they wanted one, because of financial instability.
It’s the cost-of-living. It’s being unable to buy a house. That’s what’s stopping, or delaying people having children. And that’s before they take into account how much childcare itself will take out of their pocket.
In this episode we speak to our Executive features editor Alexandra Jones and we’re also joined by Gemma Bolton who’s being treated for fertility complications.
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