This feature is part of ELLE's 'Modern Motherhood Series' - exploring the shifting role of 'mother' in society and the women choosing to do things differently. Three years ago, Genevieve Roberts was on holiday in Sri Lanka. Until this trip, the promise of exploring a new country magically fixed any twinges of discontentment in her life. Was she having a mid-life crisis? Despite a successful career in journalism, her own flat in South East London and loving friendships, she felt unfulfilled. She was still young, and while she wanted kids, there was no rush.
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It was either being in love or this route. The year-old is in a growing pool of single women opting to have children on their own. Latest figures show the number of women attempting to start a family without a father has soared by a third in two years: 1, women registered to have fertility treatment without a partner in — up from in So why are these numbers increasing? Others cite a growing awareness as women speak proudly about their own fertility choices. That realisation — of having not met the right person but not wanting to miss out on motherhood altogether — was the common factor for the women HuffPost UK spoke to about going ahead with motherhood as a single parent.
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Her attitude makes me celebrate. She is showing women who long for a child, or children , that they always have choices. That declining fertility as women hit their mid-thirties does not mean a declining number of options. The number of single women in England choosing to have IVF solo is increasing hugely, rising 35 per cent between and from women to 1, women, according to figures from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.
Email address:. Most decisions we make are fairly innocuous: what to eat for lunch, when to catch up with our family and friends, whether to speak up in a meeting or remain quiet. And the story of these tiny decisions becomes our lives. I had spent that fortnight in Sri Lanka reflecting on my life. Over the course of the holiday, I decided that it was time to take action.