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A metronome renders audible the pressure and ‘tick tock’ women feel entering their late 30s and early 40s to have children. While science has made it possible for women to delay childbirth, those who choose this route are castigated for their choices, while their male counterparts are congratulated on their great achievement. Ethel she takes some solace in the fact that the cradle *is* used by her cat Patches.

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