In this edited extract from the new book by author Nell Frizzell, she ponders the “panic years” – the period in a woman’s life when she needs to decide whether she wants to have a child.
Becoming a parent is the only decision that comes with a biological deadline, the only one that can’t be reversed: it’s therefore the one decision that throws all others into such sharp focus. You can get a new job, move house, make new friends, find new partners, but once you’re a parent, you’re a parent for life. And yet this period has no name.
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There’s no medical term, no compound German word, nothing in Latin, Arabic or French. Astrology may refer to the seven-year cycles of the Saturn Return, but this nebulous phrase speaks little of the grit and girth, the blood and weeping, the travel and transformation that I’ve witnessed, in both myself