She is a stay-at-home mother and, although her husband’s job as a shop manager is not secure, they felt ready for another child.
At the beginning of 2009, IVF clinic Midland Fertility Services reported that the number of IVF enquiries were up on the same period last year.
But I don’t want to leave it a few years and have trouble conceiving. So then I think, “Just do it, there’s no good time.”’ Becci, 22, from Hull, has similar worries.
The mother of a two-year-old boy, until recently she was planning to have another baby this year.
Rhiannon says she has friends who had been planning to have babies this year – but who put their plans on hold for 12 months. Many women feel that now is not a great time to be announcing an upcoming maternity leave: they feel they need to be in the office as much as possible, fighting for their jobs and showing commitment.
Others see it from a different angle: if you want a baby, maybe it’s as well to take the maternity provision while you still actually have a job and are entitled to the time off.
With the economy still unstable and many families struggling to meet mortgage payments, it’s hard to imagine a worse time to bring a new life into the world. After all, for many people there is not much point in focusing on career goals or pay rises at the moment.