There was a separate HN thread about rural America seemingly unable to move to where the best economic opportunities are, but one of the biggest issues a family must deal with are whether both or only one of the parents should work. This is a decision that's often based on a variety of childcare factors outside of a family's control. Sometimes, there's seemingly no choice if local caretakers (e.g. the proverbial village) or daycare centers are too expensive during a child's early years which can impact long-term family financials and take a heavy toll on the stay-at-home-parent who may not be behaviourally suited to raise a child on a full-time basis.
Often, parents staying at home, whether by choice or necessity, are mothers. Anecdotally, I find a growing number of SAHD (stay-at-home-dads) often have either part-time jobs or extremely flexible hours. The article didn't touch on this directly but the few choice anecdotes seemed to focus on full-time SAHMs who didn't have the choice to utilize outside assistance.
Speaking from personal experience, while we had the luxury to choose to move to a city without grandparents or nearby relatives for caretaker assistance, it was a marital struggle requiring a lot of honesty and heated discussions to resolve the tension between home-building roles, child rearing and career trajectories for the both of us.
Now that's no longer the case (in our society), of course less women will want children. And these women speaking up, I guess they're old enough that they still felt the pressure and gave in to it. I expect that the number of births will continuously decrease as new generations are born. We still have people from the 50s living among us after all.
Good advice! Obviously the best way to deal with negative feelings is to invalidate their existence by making them verboten and immoral thoughtcrimes, and then burying them waaaay down deep where hopefully no one notices them.
What could go wrong?
Speaking with various stay-at-home parents, the sentiment expressed in the article is sometimes faintly or fleetingly touched upon through half-jokes or stories. The strength of the signal could be questioned, but may be perfectly normal if the actual incidence rate is extremely low.