The Mom question: Seattle-area women share their complicated decisions

WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE: Author Ruchika Tulshyan, who adores her son Veer, 10 months, says women can face a number of hardships with career and motherhood, including expensive day care, short parental leave, gender wage inequality, discrimination and sometimes lost opportunities to advance at work. “From a career perspective, I really do see a lot of penalties and difficulties that motherhood brings,” she says. “It’s very hard to find an employer or organization who really believes that your family life is compatible with your career.” (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)
Ruchika Tulshyan, who adores her son Veer, 10 months, says women can face a number of hardships with career and motherhood. She is one of the Seattle-area women who talked with us about the decision to have children. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

The decision to be a mother is as intense, and personal, as ever. Here, several Seattle-area women share how they made their choice to be a mom — or not.