I am a bit young to completely know the answer to this question nor do I have kids but I wonder about it. Is it because 1. You reach a certain age and innately really feel like having one (i.e. to love and care for a child) 2. You think it's the 'right' thing to do and have the resources so you just do it 3. You know that you are mortal but want a part of you to survive after you die so you decide to have a kid 4. Usually by accident and instead of going on treatment you just let the baby grow 5. Lots of other people your age are having it so you decide to have one also. Or pressure from family. 6. You want someone to take care of you when you're sick and old 7. Hope oneday your kids will be very succesful so treat it like an investment 8. Have kids as a kind of way to show off and satisfy yourself so an ego boost 9. Other Select your choices in the anonymous poll above. If 9. then please tell us what it is. A discussion of your choice would be good. Obviously there will be a multiple number of factors involved but which is usually the overridng one for a couple in a Western society?