Living: Last Call for Motherhood

More and more single women are choosing to be unmarried . . . with children

At monthly meetings of Single Mothers by Choice in New York City, coded name tags speak volumes about the complexities of modern-day parenthood. The letter T indicates the woman is thinking about having a baby on her own. A signals that she is attempting to get pregnant. P announces that she has succeeded. M is for mother. The second letter on the tag flags her method of choice. I means donor insemination. N specifies a sex partner. A stands for adoption.

The women who wear the tags are pioneering the way -- by choice -- toward yet another permutation of the...

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