Family Survey Results

March 18, 2003

Motherhood is still a priority for the vast majority, and many women still dream of two kids, a dog and a white picket fence. The results from the annual SheSaid Family Survey are in. Here’s what you said…60% of SheSaid readers surveyed do not have children though the overwhelming majority (92%) of those currently childless would like to have children in the future.

62% of those planning a family indicated that they would like one or two children showing that the dream of a husband, 2 kids, a dog and a house with a white picket fence still figure pretty highly in the ambitions of women in Australia today.

And it seems that Brady Bunch-style broods are a thing of the past with less than 2% indicating that they dream of a family of 5 or more.

It seems that smaller families are the order of the day for SheSaid readers, 36% of those who are already parents have one or two children.

And whether smaller families are the result of personal choice or economy, there is no question that paid maternity leave is a major consideration when starting a family – 41% of those surveyed indicating that this is an important factor.

On the topic of fertility and adoption it appears that adopting a child is still a slightly more accepted alternative, with 60% of those surveyed revealing they would consider this an option.

Fertility procedures like IVF or GIFT rated second with those surveyed, 52% declaring they would seek assistance in conceiving through these treatments.

Less popular choices were fostering a child (30%) and only 10% of those surveyed saying they would think of surrogacy as an alternative.

And it?s off to the hospital or birthing centre when the big day arrives, 68% of those surveyed saying they would not consider a home birth.

Thanks for your participation in the SheSaid Family Survey.

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