Price, a historian, ways nearly 32 when she had her first child, and her findings here show that first pregancies past age 30 are increasing, especially among couples pursuing careers that require inflexible time commitments at the start. ""I knew I always wanted children, but there were other things that had to come first,"" one woman explains. This concise investigation, a casual blend of research, interviews, and personal experience, gives evidence of the growing trend. Although one chapter explores the medical problems associated with later pregnancies, Price concentrates on the social and psychological aspects: who postpones pregnancy, how the family benefits, what older parents mean to a growing child. The advantages seem manifold--financial and emotional stability top the list--despite the slightly greater risk of severe birth defects (now often predictable via amniocentesis) and the possibility of more complicated pregnancy and delivery. Supportive in tone, with a realistic summary of the dangers and an excellent, annotated list of additional readings.