This week I will blog on a fine family sociology conference I am attending at Princeton.
In general, couples report that their satisfaction with their marriage goes down when their first child is born. Brad Wilcox and Jeffrey Dew found, though, that this is mostly true for secular women. For religious women who share a faith and a religious community with their husbands, having a baby does not make them less happy with their marriage.
I think this is because religious couples can see having a baby as a meaningful, even sacred act, which they are doing for others as well as for their own little family.