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New York's Single Mothers Turn Jennifer Lopez's 'Back-Up Plan' into First Choice
In her new romantic comedy, "The Back-up Plan," opening Friday, Jennifer Lopez plays a thirtysomething commitment-phobe who decides to get pregnant using donor sperm.
The movie's backdrop is New York - one of the most popular cities in America for so-called "single mothers of choice" or "choice moms." The city is a leader in this cultural and social trend, and draws support from the many specialist fertility centers in the area.
"There are all sorts of different families in New York City, so single mothers feel especially welcome here," says Manhattan medical writer Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein, author of "Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth" (Norton, $24.95). Here are five mothers on the solo path: Read more