More than half of Chinese female white collars choose to have a baby at about 30 years of age. A survey conducted by a media source shows that "baby or career" is still a dilemma for professional Chinese women.
Half of female white collars in different positions, whether general manager or secretary, choose to give birth at the age of 28 to 30, mainly worrying about their career and unsteady family income. They believe childbirth will possibly cause a crisis in their career, yet they also fear the risks of late pregnancy.
Among other young women, such as business owners or freelancers, 60 percent choose to have a baby at the age of 32 or above. They deem they need to take more factors, like costs and their work, into account when deciding to become a mother.
Experts analyze that employment, unsteady income, rapidly increasing cost of raising a child and other factors make Chinese female white-collars postpone their marriage and childbearing. Childbirth has already become a project that the Chinese society and families need to plan carefully.
(China News Service March 8, 2006)