Now that more women are putting off starting a family in order to focus on their careers, wannabe grandparents are concerned that their 30-something daughters won't be able to give them grandchildren.
According to the New York Times, these parents are willing to offer thousands of dollars upfront at fertility clinics just to ensure that their childless daughters can one day bear (grand)children. :
Such arrangements are not unusual, said Dr. Daniel Shapiro, the medical director of Reproductive Biology Associates of Atlanta. He estimated that at least three quarters of his center’s egg-freezing patients — more than 100 over the past two years — have parents who paid part or all of the bill.
As for the women, one 39-year-old said she felt "this incredible calmness" after freezing her eggs. "No longer was I under such pressure that the next guy I dated would be daddy material," she said. Another explained that she felt uneasy about allowing her parents to pay for the procedure until they said, "Do you think we'd rather have this money sitting in an account or have a potential grandchild someday?" When they put it that way, it seemed like a sound decision, she said.
There's no official statistics on this trend since researchers are only just beginning to track the number of frozen-egg offspring, but some experts say it's currently around 2,000 worldwide.