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I am a little worried about infertility issues - the idea that I won't be able to have kids makes me nervous.

As well it should. That said, it doesn't happen to everyone, or even most people. I know a woman who was 34 who saw what we were going through and decided to stop waiting. She got pregnant the first month she tried. Nor did she have any trouble getting pregnant the second time, though she did have to have a hysterectomy after the second one because she started hemorrhaging and they could not stop it.

Side note: giving birth at home with a midwife is stupid. Sure, most of the time everything goes well, but the low-probability adverse result is death. Childbirth is dangerous, and it's foolish to pretend that it isn't for a more "natural" experience.

Anyways...the plan is to start trying for kids somewhere around 8/04. I will be 30.5 years old. This way, I can finish off the school year with my accumulated sick days.

That sounds perfectly reasonable to me. The way you phrased your original post, I thought you meant 5 years from now, or 8/08. 30 is giving yourself enough time. 8/08 is probably enough time, too, but there's less time to take action if everything didn't work out perfectly.

Who knows, though, once the baby comes, I may never want to work another day!

Motherhood does tend to do strange hormonal things to you, at least if you wanted children in the first place. The woman I mentioned before had a real personality change after she gave birth. She did eventually return to work, but it wasn't as much the center of her life as it was before.

- Gus
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