Featured Photo #4 – Parked Prams

Featured Photo #4 – Parked Prams

There are many ways in which Russia is different to Australia – my home country.  Climate, food, mentality, bureaucracy, education, and the list goes on and on.

Although I was very young when I had my daughter (I was just 18 when she was born), having children at a young age isn’t really so common in Australia.

Without getting too much into statistics, it’s reported that the average age of women having babies in Australia in 2015 was approximately 30 years old.  Of course, it means that some women were younger and some older to get this average, but it’s true that women are having children later than they did when our parents and grandparents had their children.

In Australia these days, parenting is more a thing that you do in your 30s instead of your 20s.

In Russia

When I first came to Russia it came as a shock to me that young women were often encouraged by their parents to get married and have children, sometimes even before they’d finished their university education.  It’s kind of the opposite in Australia.  Women there are not in a hurry to start families.  They don’t feel any pressure to do this, either by their families or society.

But now, for me, it seems so normal to see young women with babies in prams in the street.  And, of course, as I get older, these women look even younger than ever.

I used to teach in a language school that was walking distance from home, so I didn’t have to take any public transport to get there.  And, on the way to the school, there’s a baby clinic.  One day, the main entrance to the clinic had been closed for some reason, and everyone had to enter the clinic from the rear entrance.

parking for babies
The shelter for the prams at the main entrance of the clinic

The front entrance has a little parking area, like a sheltered area, for the prams, as they can’t be taken into the building.  But the rear entrance had no parking space and all the mothers just left their prams on the footpath.

baby clinic rear entrance
And on this day everyone was parked at the rear entrance of the clinic

It was such a lovely sight that I just had to take the photo.  It seems to represent a positive future for the country.  All those little people coming to our world, and families prospering.

And in your country?

What’s the situation where you are?  Are women having children at a younger age than before?  Or are they waiting until they’re older?  And what do you think is the best age for starting a family?  Let us know in the comments!

~ Cheryl

If you liked this, you may enjoy my other featured photos posts:

The Turquoise Woman

The Troika Card

Toasted Sandwich

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I love your glimpse into the Russia you know, Cheryl. I knew a man who had been a dissident back in the late 70s, early 80s and his stories were not happy. I also knew a young woman who lived and worked in a Moscow she loves. The stories are so different. As for babies, I see both ends of the spectrum in my part of Canada – women who wait well into their 30s to have children and others who are having babies in their early-mid 20s. In the early 80s I was typical of my circle, having my… Read more »

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