According to journalist and lawyer Jill Filipovic, women are having fewer babies because they have more choices, according to her New York Times opinion article. Birth rates are declining with women in their 20s, while women in their 30s and 40s show an uptick in births, mainly due to high childcare costs, no healthcare, focusing more on career, choosing to travel, and better access to birth control. Women are also finding their family is complete with only one to two children. The average age of women having children is 26.4. The bottom line, young women are traveling, living independently, pursuing a career, and simply asking themselves who they are and what they want, instead of being expected to live their early years as a mother.