WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Laurie Luck always knew she did not want to be a mother. She even had surgery when she turned 30, before she was married, to make sure it would never happen.
"I never talked about that American dream of the wife with the baby, waving goodbye to the husband," said Luck. "I never felt that. I never saw myself raising kids ever."
Luck, now 44, is happily married and owns a successful dog training business in Maryland. And that, she says, is enough.
According to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, the birth rate in the U.S. is the lowest in recorded history. About one in five American women now end their child-bearing years without having given birth. That's compared to one in 10 in the 1970's.
Daniel Moshenberg is Director of Women's Studies at George Washington University. He says birthrates for women ages 20 - 29 are also at historical lows, as more women graduate from college and decide to focus on their careers.
Elena Yaeger, 43, says she always thought she'd have children. But that didn't happen. Not because she didn't want them, but because Yaeger didn't get married until later in life.
"I think I kind of put my life and having children in perspective," explained Yaeger. "I thought, hey I'm 40 now. If I have a child tomorrow by the time the child turns 20 I'll be 60 and that's just not fair."
Whatever their personal reasons are for not becoming a mother, both women tell ABC7 they are happy being child-less.