The Best of Times

Planning Your Pregnancy for Health, Happiness, Love and Career

Nicole Meredith

This book answers the age-old question:

When is the best time in life for a woman to have a baby?

Finding an answer to that perennial puzzle may be harder than ever, as women today face a vast and often conflicting array of life and career choices. Seismic changes in the labour market, the lack of affordable child care, and, most recently, the economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have made balancing the demands of work and family even more challenging.

Drawing on a wide range of cutting-edge social research, however, Nicole Meredith argues that there is in fact a best time in life to have a baby—a time that maximizes the likelihood of both family fulfillment and career success. The author considers not only the many roadblocks to picking the right time to have children, including societal and parental pressures as well as subtle (and not-so-subtle) media influences, but also how women can best resist those pressures to ensure that if they do choose to have children, it will indeed be at “the best of times.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Nicole Meredith has been a sociological researcher and writer for more than a decade. She is the author of two previous books, Outsights: Inequality from Inside and Out and Waiting to Happen: The Sociology of Unexpected Injuries. Nicole holds an M.A. and B.A. in English and a Strategic Public Relations certificate from the University of Toronto, and works in the field of communications. She is currently working on her fourth book, Consumer Society, co-authored with Lorne Tepperman. She lives in Toronto.


Paperback, 5.5 X 8.5, 208 pp.