Jewish Women Opting for Single Motherhood

When Emily Wolper broke her engagement six years ago, she promised herself that if the time came when she felt ready to have a child and she was still single, she’d have one on her own.

Now 37, Wolper, a college admissions consultant in Morristown, N.J., is undergoing in-vitro fertilization treatments. If all goes according to plan, Wolper will join the growing ranks of Jewish women embarking on the journey to become a single mother by choice.

“I didn’t want to find myself in my early 40s, childless, and then be in an emergency situation of trying to have children,” Wolper told JTA. “Motherhood is way too important to be dependent on finding my man. I’m still looking for him, but I’m ready to have a child.”

With studies showing American Jewish women marrying at older ages than ever, more and more Jewish women are confronting the choice of whether to become single moms while it’s still biologically possible or continue to gamble with those chances and wait for Mr. Right.


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