CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The movie "The Back-Up Plan" is art imitating life, at least for Nicole Epstein, a successful Charlotte attorney who was proactive when it came to having a baby. "I had thought about it for a long time, I had talked about it with my family for a long time."
In her early 30's, Nicole used a sperm donor, not long after, Tessa was born. "Of course, I was nervous that people would be judgmental and negative about it, once you see her, it's hard for anyone to be negative about it." Tessa is 2 and has never lacked love or attention, but Nicole knew raising her alone would not be easy. Nicole's part of a growing number of women choosing to be single.
In fact, there is a support group for these single by choice moms.
Dr. Nancy Teaff with REACH,Reproductive Endocrinology Associates of Charlotte, asks each woman if she has family support to do this.
As for Nicole, she has recently met Mr. Right and he popped the question, so she may not have needed her back-up plan, but she wouldn't change anything.