WATCH: What if Everybody Waited Until They Were Ready to Have Children?

“Marriage used to be the standard for having children in the United States; it no longer is,” says Senior Fellow Isabel Sawhill in this video about her new book, Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage. Sawhill discusses surprising facts about unintended pregnancies, childbearing and marriage with Brookings staffer Chanel Dority.

“The most important decision anyone ever makes is the decision to have a child,” Sawhill says. She is the co-director of the Center on Children and Families.

Learn more about Generation Unbound.