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30-Something and the Clock Is Ticking: What Happens When You Can No Longer Ignore the Baby Issue [Paperback]

Kasey Edwards
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7 April 2011

When Kasey Edwards discovers she'll be infertile within a year, she is forced to bring the baby issue to the forefront of her mind. In 30-Something and the Clock Is Ticking, she explores what having a child would mean to her identity, her career, her body, her relationships and her mental health.

Kasey speaks to people who have children and people who don't, women who claim motherhood is the best thing they've ever done and those who say it's the worst. She discovers how the desire for a baby can drive people to the brink of insanity, the logistical challenges of ovulating and trying to conceive on a longhaul flight, the indignity and despair of IVF and the price of buying sperm on the Internet.

This witty memoir will make you laugh, cry and ponder the joys and regrets of motherhood. It will inspire you to tackle the baby issue head-on and on your own terms, rather than letting time, denial and social pressures make the decision for you.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845967348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845967345
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Packed with brilliantly funny anecdotes, this hilarious memoir had us giggling from the start" "--Heat"

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A witty, irreverent examination of women's hopes and fears about motherhood.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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For some reason the baby issue is one fraught with terror for me. I have come to the conclusion that at some point in my life I will be having a child (colluding with a psychologist mentioned by the author as saying "having a child is just one of the life stages of a woman"). But to be honest, the vagueness of mothers disturbs me. No one seems to want to tell me the truth, so much is sugar coated. My own mother once told me that if she could do it again she wouldnt have children. And this was because of the later years, dealing with my delinquint sister almost tore my parents previously stable marriage apart. Was it worth it in the end?

This book pulls no punches. I was searching for a reason for why women do this to themselves, and realise it is really something no one but a mother understands. The 'baby switch' is on, you have an overpoweing hormonal urge to have a child, and somewhere, somehow, all that you endure becomes worth it for one smile from your baby.

Perhaps it is the same for people who do charity work or missionary work, largely unnoticed although they still gain grateful recognition for what they do, but I agree with the author, mothers are almost never appreciated enough. I have the urge to give my mother a hug, except I did what almost all independant children do - move as far away from my parents as possible, maybe just see them on Christmas. What a sad state of affairs, as the author chronicles in her book.

She was also brutally honest about the gender equality at work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A view from the other side of the fence 25 Sep 2011
As someone who has never had the urge to have a baby, I have often (annoyingly) been told that this will change with time and that all women want children at some point. Personally, this hasn't happened to me and I don't forsee it happening in the future but I am nonetheless interested in the lives of those whose choice differs from mine. This book gave me an interesting insight into the life of a woman who was told she was infertile and whose biological clock seems to start ticking. Her struggles, joys and tribulations proved to be a page-turning read and I nodded in agreement at each mention of the differences between how men and women are treated differently when it comes to having a baby. The diverse choices of women are discussed in detail: from the women who consciously choose to be single mothers to those who are unable to conceive after many rounds of IVF. My only criticism is that it didn't discuss the decision to remain child-free in much depth and at times, seems to imply that women without children are regretful or unfulfilled. Kasey and her friend Emma struggle to find one woman past child-bearing age who isn't bitter or regretful which I found odd as I have never encountered someone who decided not to have children and was later regretful. Although ultimately it isn't Kasey's choice, more discussion on the decision to remain child-free would have been interesting, for me at least. Despite this, Kasey does a good job of presenting motherhood as it is: not as an amazing sugar-coated experience as it is often portrayed, but as consisting of many sacrifices and difficult times. She and her husband seem like lovely people too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A terribly depressing book! 15 Dec 2012
I thought this book was terrible, designed to make 30 plus women feel worse than they did before they picked it up!
This was bought as a joke when I turned 30 and I felt like slitting my wrists after!
Never buy this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read if you're considering a baby 14 Feb 2013
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Frank and honest account of the realities. A good read if you don't see yourself as the born-to-be-an-earth-mother type and quite reassuring!
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5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended 17 Aug 2013
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Thought provoking, well written and would recommend to any woman late twenties / early thirties who thinks they may have kids at some point in the future...
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I've read other accounts of the realities of fertility, motherhood and the childlessness or 'child-free' choices (or in some case lack of choices) for women in our modern era but this book is by far the most
frank, funny and enlightening take on the subject. This is a no-holds-barred account of the author's dilemmas about whether to have a baby (a decision which becomes much more pressing following some alarming fertility tests), whether she is with the right 'father', whether she'll actually make a good mother followed by her desperate, though at times, very entertaining, ride on the IVF roller coaster.
It was refreshing to hear a voice brave enough to deliver the much-needed reality check to all those women who are 'waiting for the right time' to have a baby, blissfully unaware of the biological realities of their own fertility, as well as reminding us that when you do finally bring home that precious bundle of joy, that motherhood may not be as idyllic as it's portrayed to be in celebrity magazines or in nappy ads!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Its true - most mothers need reassurance that they are not alone with the guilty thoughts that they have about becoming a mother.

Having a baby is a holy grail for many and when you finally have a baby - you feel you shouldn't or can't complain about becoming a mother including the emotional, mental, social and economic challenges that it brings. You are very tired all the time and your emotions feel like they are on a roller coaster. Your mind starts to play tricks on you. You cannot do much about it because you cannot get out of the house. And you cannot afford to pay for a babysitter even if you wanted to. You are stuck at home and feeling terrible. It becomes a downward spiral and you feel you shouldn't talk about it because you know there are many women out there who cannot have a baby. You are also worried you will be branded a narcissist because you dare to talk about how you are feeling.

Kasey Edwards's book explores these thoughts with some real live experiences from women she interviews. She does it in a way that makes you want to turn the pages as quickly as your fingers will let you because you feel she is in your shoes and walking through life with you. A word of warning - the book is so good that if you lend it to your cousin like I did, she will probably lend it to her female friends and you won't see it again for a very long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A heart felt - must read.
Her opening line, "Have you ever seriously thought about whether or not you want a baby?" For me the answer is yes and for me it feels like more of a risk not having a child/family... Read more
Published on 8 May 2011 by Jacinta Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 Something and loving it again
Kasey Edwards picks up where she left us in her previous book. She's 30 something, carefree, good life, lovely partner and trying to make a living as an author, when her world gets... Read more
Published on 4 May 2011 by Puggle42
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ!
This book is a Must Read - I loved it! I picked it up and couldn't put it down! I've been struggling with the baby question myself and Edwards has managed to capture the topic in... Read more
Published on 3 May 2011 by Brandy
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 Something and the clock is ticking
I laughed, I cried, I laughed and cried all over again. You can totally empathise with Kasey's emotional journey - through the highs, the lows, the fear and the elation! Read more
Published on 2 May 2011 by Annabel - not the head hunter!
5.0 out of 5 stars A guy's point of view
I've just read 30-Something and the Clock's Ticking and from a male perspective I absolutely loved it. Read more
Published on 26 April 2011 by Royston
5.0 out of 5 stars "Every man, woman, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather should...
Everyone I've passed this book on to has felt the need to share it with someone else. My mum read it and concluded, "I need ten copies; one for my GP, one for my girlfriend; one... Read more
Published on 8 April 2011 by Willow Johnson
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