How can you tell this is written by a man? Because not one word is about the sleeplessness, the emotional load that a child complicates(see the nearly 80-page manifesto on The Mary Sue), or the pink collar/mommy track. Having kids does indeed do good things for men professionally, but for women, it’s not always true. If a woman can also afford good health care for herself and her infant, and house care, she’ll still bear the brunt of all childcare.
Furthermore, I’m not convinced that having children is EVER a good idea overall and in general for a professional woman, unless that woman is prepared to make some real sacrifices and spend a LOT of money hiring help, because you can’t have it all at once, and you can’t do it all yourself. And I speak as someone who is 51, female, childfree, a confirmed professional, who has economic parity with men in my profession, with a very conscious, young decision (age six) never to have kids. This essay doesn’t convince me that having kids is good for every professional, because the view from the other side is so different.