Reflections on motherhood: Five women share their stories

4. "After being childless for so long, we were settling into a pretty self-indulgent existence with plans to retire early and travel the world. A current of sadness, however, ran through my life. Would I regret our childless life?" Read more of Peg's story.

5. "Being a mom feels like the most important job in the entire world. In effect, I can create a masterpiece! Sure, my daughter comes with genetic material that controls more than we know, but I have the awesome ability to direct those inborn traits to their fullest potential. If I could put "mommy" on my resume, I would, because nothing has taught me as much responsibility, or given me as many new skills, as this 36-inch wonder named Annalise." Read more of Lisa's story.

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