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KIDS CAN BE STRESSFUL. DO THE CHILD-FREE LIVE LONGER?

JEFFREY KLUGER

IF YOU’RE OF CHILDBEARING AGE, you’re surely used to the refrain that one of the most sublime joys of life is parenthood. A baby means bliss, love and the proxy immortality that comes from passing your genes down to the next generation. You’re also probably used to the other refrain, about how the very act of being a parent might be killing you.

It’s not just the physical toll that childbearing takes

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