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A fertility coach on having kids in a time of climate change

As the world warms, some young adults and parents of small children are feeling increasingly anxious.

(Photo credit: Ellie Heartravel / Flickr ) Elizabeth Bechard’s anxiety about climate change began spiking in 2018, when her twin children were still toddlers. Emerging from the fog of early parenthood, she encountered a flurry of increasingly dire news headlines about the warming of the planet. Human health, food security, water supplies, economic growth: All were in danger, according to an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released that October.

Bechard’s clients were growing more anxious, too. In her work , the Durham, North Carolina-based fertility coach offers support to people who, like herself, have experienced infertility, helping them to navigate emotionally difficult experiences such as failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles and adoptions that fall through. Suddenly, her clients were worried about the world in which their hoped-for children might grow up.

It’s a concern that seems to be growing more common. About 38% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 – and 34% of Americans aged 30-44 – believe climate change should influence a couple’s decision about having children, according to a 2019 Business Insider poll . And 33% of young […]

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